LG tells islanders to use fuel judiciously

SAKSHAM 2018: Campaign on conservation of petroleum products
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Port Blair
16 Jan 2018

The Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) and Oil & Gas Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs), under the aegis of Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas (MoPNG) has launched a month long awareness campaign named ‘Sanrakshan Kshamata Mahotsav’ (SAKSHAM)-2018, throughout India on Tuesday to sensitize the masses about conservation and efficient use of petroleum products. Accordingly, the state level awareness campaign is being organised by the PCRA, in association with the Indian Oil Corporation Limited Port Blair. The Lt Governor, A&N Islands, Admiral DK Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.) inaugurated the campaign by lighting the traditional oil lamp in the presence of Secretary (CS&CA/ IP&T), Mr Sandip J. Jacques, Dy. Commissioner, SA, Mr Udit Prakash Rai, other senior officials of the A&N Administration, IOCL officials and students present in good numbers, in the conference hall of Megapode Resort here this morning.
In his address, the Lt. Governor said that our Country has now become the 3rd largest oil consumer in the world with oil & gas constituting nearly 35% of our total energy consumption. “Since we are largely dependent on fossil fuels, which is fast depleting, it is imperative that we all create awareness among the people and inculcate the habit of conserving  this precious product for future generations”, he said.
The Lt. Governor also complimented the Union Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Mr Dharmendra Pradhan, for launching the massive campaign of generating awareness among the masses on the importance of fuel conservation with the larger objective of making the country self-reliant in this sector.  
Mentioning about power generation in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands which is largely through diesel generating sets, the Lt. Governor said, power generation through diesel is not only costly but also causes environmental pollution. In this context, the Administration has been making consistent efforts towards exploiting conventional and non-conventional energy sources to make these Islands self-sufficient in the production of power. It has been made mandatory that the new Govt. and private buildings install roof top solar power panels to tap power, for which the Administration will provide financial assistance. The Lt. Governor further stated that it is the responsibility of each and every citizen to ensure optimal use of electricity and avoid its wasteful consumption. “Every unit of saved energy enables a poor household to be illuminated”, the Lt Governor remarked, urging everyone to use alternative sources of energy.
The Lt. Governor further said that efforts have been initiated to boost the use of non-conventional energy sources in the Islands. Optimal mix of different energy sources is being explored to provide sustainable energy to all the islanders. Under the Smart City concept, all conventional street lights in the city have been replaced with LED, he said. The Lt Governor concluded his speech by making a fervent appeal to each and every individual of the Islands to spread the message of fuel conservation for a better future.
The Lt Governor also flagged off a rally participated by the students to create awareness among the masses about securing availability of oil and gas for future generations. Welcoming the gathering, the Chief Terminal Manager, IOC, Mr Prakash Tiru said that SAKSHAM is being observed across the Country from Jan 16 to Feb 15 to create mass awareness on judicious use of energy resources and conservation of Petroleum & other fuels.