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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Precaution not expenditure, but investment: A G Pai

“We are brought up by nature, in nature and we belong to nature. So we can not go against it,” said Chief Operating Officer of Mangalore Special Economic Zone (MSEZ Limited) A G Pai.

Delivering the inaugural address of Magma-2007, the national level PG management fest organised by Srinivas Institute of Management Studies here on Saturday, he stressed on the theme of the fest, ‘India as a green economy’ and added that we need a green environment around us to lead a healthy life.

Speaking on the challenges to establish a green economy, he took the ‘churning of the ocean’ from the epics as an example and said that there is always the poison in the beginning and we need a Lord Shiva to consume it, but what comes later is all for good.

Stating the importance of remembering the environmental base, he said that it is always better to take the preventive steps to avoid problems like what happened in Chernobil and Bhopal.

“The precautionary measures are not expenditure, but investment for a better future”, he added. He also flayed the practice of bypassing the automated systems, as the error possibility is higher with human intervention.

“Solid two years are needed to do the environmental planning for a mega industry. You need to know what you emit and whether it is within the sustainable limits”, Pai said and added that it is important to have clean and green energy for any project.

However, atleast for the time being, we have no other option than exploiting the fossil fuels for energy, he said, but hoped that the situation would change with the technology to develop energy from garbage.

He pointed out the meaninglessness in banning plastic, but appreciated the idea of recyclable plastic. He also urged the public to see that whatever they purchase is recyclable.

SIMS Principal Prof P S Aithal, Lecturer Prof R K Acharya, Staff Co-ordinator Prof Nivedita Mirajkar and Student Co-ordinator R Srijith were present on the occasion. As many as eleven colleges participated in the fest.

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