Institution of Engineers celebrates ‘World Water Day’

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Mar 22: The Institution of Engineers (India), Jammu Local Centre celebrated “World Water Day” today at Institutional Complex, Channi Himmat, here by holding a seminar on “Water and Energy”.
The seminar was attended by a large number of engineers from various departments and organizations. The seminar was chaired by Hem Chander Jerath, Chief Engineer, RTIC, Jammu. The function was presided over by B. B. Sharma, (FIE) Immediate Past Chairman of The Institution of Engineers (India), Jammu Local Centre.
Five papers on the theme topic were presented by P. K. Nanda, B. L. Rawal, Vijay Kumar Sharma, Pooja Sharma and Rajesh Kumar Angural in the shape of power point presentations which left the audience spell bound.
All the speakers emphasized that water and energy are closely interlinked and interdependent. They emphasized on integrated planning in water and energy sectors to ensure future social, political and economic stability. They further advocated for the Governments and all the stake holders to set policies in such a way so that water is made available for food and energy production. The speakers also put forth the present hydro power generation scenario of J&K State and lamented that despite a potential of around 20,000 Mega Watt, State is way behind in tapping this potential to harness and provide power to already energy deficient State.
Mr Jerath while deliberating on the theme said that water and energy are closely interlinked and any change in one domain shall effect the change on the other. Water is required for generation of energy from hydroelectric, nuclear, and thermal projects. However, 8% of global energy is used for pumping, treating and transporting water to the various consumers. The energy to be generated from water through hydroelectric project is giving thrust to the green revolution without effecting the climate change and has been accepted throughout the world.
Mohinder Singh, Honorary Secretary conducted the proceedings of the seminar and presented the vote of thanks.