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Puducherry seeks UN cooperation in assessing biomass potential

According to reports, the Puducherry government has approached the United Nations for assessing the biomass potential as part of the administration’s initiatives to promote non-conventional energy resources.

Pankaj Kumar Jha, Project Director, Renewable Energy Agency, speaking at an interactive session with 23 economic journalists from Nepal, said government was tapping all renewable energy sources like solar, biomass and wind. It was also utilising Rs six crore from the Centre’s energy Conservation Fund, he said.

The potential of biomass is being assessed and government has approached UN for an assessment.”We are in advanced stage of our initiative to get cooperation of the UN,” he said. The session was organised by the Puducherry chapter of Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) here today. Radhakrishnan, Head, Puducherry Groundwater Authority, said government had taken several steps to ensure there is no excess exploitation of subsoil water.

Rainwater harvesting had been totally implemented in government premises. A sum of Rs 15,000 was being given to farmers to rejuvenate dug wells to store rainwater, he said. Vinod K Sharma, an official of IIPA in Delhi said the external affairs ministry has sponsored the visit of the Nepali journalists to acquaint them with developmental programmes implemented in Puducherry.

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