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Piyush Goyal stresses on biogas use to combat energy crisis

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New Delhi: Piyush Goyal, state’s union minister for Coal, Power & New and Renewable Energy, said the decentralization of the power is the fastest way to provide energy access to the people of the country.

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While inaugurating the National Biogas Convention at IIT Delhi, the minister said there can be no two opinions about the fact that in order to reach energy to the last mile, we have to ensure the decentralized power production across the country. He informed that India is already the world leader in small-scale and low-cost biogas purification technology.

The minister assured that he was committed to the National Biogas and National Fertilizer Mission and would provide all his support to facilitate the mission. He urged the participants to create a framework for facilitating scientific exploration in the country.

The minister stressed on establishing a panel of scientists and bureaucrats who can plan integrated research efforts of various universities, research institutes and the ministry.

Goyal said biogas offers an important solution to the present energy crisis in rural areas. Besides being a clean and important source of energy for cooking, it is an environmentally green and clean technology which can create employment opportunities for youngsters and can add to the income of villagers.

The minister also said in larger perspective, these small entities can strengthen India’s commitment to the global climatic issues like reducing carbon emissions, climate change and others. Through these biogas plants, we can demonstrate that India’s efforts to leave behind greener planet is the result of our age-old heritage of discouraging wasteful consumption.

On the occasion, Goyal also released souvenir on the National Convention. The 3-day National Biogas Convention,2015, is being organised by Biogas Development and Training Centre at IIT Delhi and supported by various ministries of Government of India . The Convention is being attended by researchers and other stakeholders.


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200 Officers to be Relocated to Strengthen Ground Operations: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal

A man cries after seeing dead body of his family, who died in the Mumbai stampede
A man cries after seeing dead body of his family, who died in the Mumbai stampede accident. ians

Mumbai, Sep 30: A day after 22 people died in a stampede on a railway foot overbridge in Mumbai, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Saturday said that 200 officers will be relocated from headquarters as field staff to enhance ground operations and that additional escalators are being sanctioned at crowded Mumbai stations.

“200 officers to be relocated from Head Quarters as field staff to strengthen ground operations and project implementation,” Goyal said in a series of tweets after holding a meeting with Railway Board officials here, in the aftermath of the accident at Elphinstone foot overbridge that killed 22 people.

He also said that to eliminate bureaucracy and delays, “I have empowered GMs to spend whatever is necessary on safety.”

Taking a lesson from the Friday stampede at Elphinstone station, Goyal said, “We are turning a 150 year old convention on its head, hereafter, FOBs (Foot Over Bridges) will be deemed mandatory not a passenger amenity.”

“Additional escalators sanctioned at crowded Mumbai suburban stations and thereafter for all high traffic stations,” added Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.

At least 22 commuters were killed and 39 others injured on Friday when a horrific stampede broke out on a narrow railway foot overbridge linking Elphinstone Road and Parel stations when hundreds took shelter there to escape pounding rain.(IANS)

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