Gujarat Chief Minister opens completely solar-powered GPCB Building

Published By : Admin | April 6, 2012 | 14:07 IST
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Gujarat’s first completely solar powered Paryavaran Bhawan inaugurated by Shri Narendra Modi 

Pollution free society rather than pollution control is a better option: Shri Modi 

Gujarat has shown the light to the nation in field of Green Technology: Shri Modi

Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated Gujarat’s first completely solar powered Paryavaran Bhavan of the Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) in Gandhinagar today.

All 40 air conditioners, as many as 600 fans and 1,000 CFL tube lights in this building run on solar energy through 2,000 sq. meter solar panel set up on the top of the building that generate 80 KW energy. This means the building uses 100 per cent solar energy, generated through sunlight. Moreover the building supplies excess power to Torrent Power grid at a rate of around Rs 10 per unit. The building has two recharge wells that would recharge about 750 cubic meters rainwater.

Speaking on the occasion, Shri Modi gave credit to the farsightedness of the GPCB that made them think ahead. Shri Modi added that on environment issues there is no dearth of ideas as there are enough of them. What is needed is application. He said that Gujarat showed the light to the nation in developing newer ways of Green Technology.

Shri Modi opined that when it comes to the environment, we have to be careful from the very beginning. He said that for our happiness, we have no right to snatch the happiness of others.

Shri Modi affirmed that a ‘pollution free’ society is a better option than mere ‘pollution control’. It is better to prevent industries from polluting than searching for solutions later on to combat pollution. He believed that when the Gujarat Pollution Control Board was established in 1974, the situation would have been very bad that they needed to use ‘control’ in the name but now times had changed and the world ‘control’ needed to be replaced with the word ‘elimination.’

On the occasion, he stated that our problems could be attributed to blindly emulating the ‘throw away culture’ of the West adding that recycling was always a part of the Indian culture, which teaches us ‘best from the waste.’

Shri Modi also called for making ‘solid waste management’ and ‘waste water treatment’ projects success models. Gujarat itself has undertaken ‘clean city’ projects across 50 cities. The new century, he said was heading towards a three pronged development model of IT (Information Technology), BT (Biotechnology) and ET (Environmental Technology). Shri Modi also launched the GPCB online services and released books on pollution control.

Forest and Environment Minister Shri Mangubhai Patel said that Paryavaran Bhavan would not only save electricity but also planned to conserve water too. Others present included Minister of State Shri Kirtisinhji Rana, MLA Shri Shambhuji Thakor and Gandhinagar Mayor Shri Mahendrasinh Rana.

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PM addresses YouTubers during YouTube Fanfest India 2023
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“I have also been connected to the country and the world through my YouTube channel. I also have subscribers in decent numbers”
“Together, we can bring transformation in the lives of a vast population in our country”
“Awaken the nation, initiate a movement”
“Subscribe to my channel and hit the Bell Icon to receive all my updates”

My YouTuber friends, today I am extremely happy to be here among you as a fellow YouTuber. I am also just like you, not any different. Since 15 years, I have also been connected to the country and the world through a YouTube channel. I also have subscribers in decent numbers.

I have been told that a big community of about 5,000 creators, aspiring creators is present here today. Some work on gaming, some educate on technology, some do food blogging, while some are travel bloggers or lifestyle influencers.

Friends, for years, I have been observing how your content impacts the people of our country. And we have an opportunity to make this impact even more effective. Together, we can bring transformation in the lives of a vast population in our country. Together, we can empower and strengthen many more individuals. Together, we can easily teach and make crores of people understand important matters. We can connect them with us.

Friends, although there are thousands of videos on my channel, the most satisfying for me has been when I talked to lakhs of students in our country through YouTube on subjects like exam stress, expectation management, productivity.

When I am amidst such a big creative community of the country, I feel like talking to you about some topics. These topics are connected with mass movement, the power of the people of the country is the basis for their success.

The first topic is cleanliness - Swachh Bharat became a big campaign in the last nine years. Everyone contributed to it, children brought an emotional power to it. Celebrities gave it heights, people in all corners of the country turned it into a mission and YouTubers like you made cleanliness more cool.

But we don't have to stop. Till the time cleanliness does not become India’s identity, we won’t stop. Therefore, cleanliness must be a priority for each one of you.

The second topic is - Digital payments. Due to the success of UPI, India today has 46 percent share in digital payments of the world. You should inspire more and more people of the country to make digital payments, teach them to make digital payments in simple language through your videos.

Another topic is Vocal For Local. In our country, so many products are made at the local level. The skill of our local artisans is amazing. You can promote them also through your work, and help in making India's local turn global.

And I have one more request. Inspire others also, make an emotional appeal that we will buy the product that has the fragrance of our soil, which has the sweat of a labourer or artisan of our country. Whether it's Khadi, handicrafts, handloom, or anything else. Awaken the nation, initiate a movement.

And one more thing I'd like to suggest from my side. Along with the identity that you have as a YouTuber, can you add an activity. Consider putting a question at the end of each episode or provide action points to do something. People can do the activity and share it with you. This way, your popularity will also grow, and people will not just listen but also engage in doing something.

I really enjoyed talking to all of you. What do you say at the end of your videos... I will also repeat it: Subscribe to my channel and hit the Bell Icon to receive all my updates.

Wishing you all the best.