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Kota Sriraj

Coastal models need innovation

Thursday, 07 Dec 2017 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

To better tackle ecological challenges facing coastal areas, including that of climate change, livelihood activities must be re-invented. Appropriate measures and suitable innovation are the need of the hour Activities in the coastal areas, such as fishing, aquaculture and agriculture, on which tremendous number of people depend for their livelihoods, need...

Solar energy needs bigger breakthrough

Thursday, 30 Nov 2017 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

India can easily become a world leader in solar energy. Our current solar power installed capacity is around 3 GW, which is 0.5% of the estimated potential In a big push to encourage energy efficient measures, especially rooftop solar power generation, India’s first rooftop solar plant on a carport at a...

More than just toilets needed

Thursday, 23 Nov 2017 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

India cannot fulfill its dream of becoming open defecation free by 2019 only by building more toilets. Emphasis must also be on bringing about behaviour change. Swachh Bharat Abhiyan has to become a people’s movement The ambitious Swachh Bharat Abhiyan recently celebrated its anniversary on October 2. This unprecedented cleanliness movement...

Environmental impact of rural-urban linkages

Thursday, 16 Nov 2017 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

While it is almost impossible to stop rapid migration and urbanization, what can be done is for the Government to strategically distribute migrating population so that there is no lopsided concentration of population in one area The national capital is currently witnessing the worst air quality in recent times and even...

A Capital under pollution lockdown

Friday, 10 Nov 2017 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

Air pollution has once again brought the Capital to a grinding halt. It’s high time authorities look for long-term policy measures and implement them faithfully The ongoing onslaught of air pollution has crossed all safety limits and has virtually put the citizens, especially children and the elderly of the Capital city...

Getting smart in pollution battle

Thursday, 02 Nov 2017 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

India should learn from the action taken by various developing countries to mitigate the effects of vehicular pollution. Most importantly, it must work on the problems plaguing the public transport sector Recent hectic activity by the judiciary to stem spiralling pollution levels, especially during the festive season of Diwali, underlined the...

Woes of rampant urbanisation

Thursday, 26 Oct 2017 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

More and more scientific data is proving that both our environment and cities are crumbling. The authorities, though, prefer to live in denial A recent study by the Centre for Atmospheric Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-Delhi) concluded that unbridled urbanisation in Delhi-NCR region in the last five decades...

Energy efficiency needs better policies

Thursday, 19 Oct 2017 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

The rising concern at present is the fact that Governments are not coming up with the latest renewable energy policies fast enough. Unless rectified, this may pave the way for a future slowdown in the energy efficiency index The global energy efficiency gains so far have helped nations maintain energy security...

Consistency key to tackle pollution

Thursday, 12 Oct 2017 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

Air pollution is the crisis of today, whether it is due to vehicle emission or firecrackers. The challenge is to not differentiate between the causes but to control it. This is where efficiency of the administration is tested. Consistency in efforts all year round is the need of the hour...

Time for Swachh Bharat to evolve

Thursday, 05 Oct 2017 | Kota Sriraj | in Oped

Three years of Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan has seen impressive progress being made on account of making cleanliness a national mainstream subject. However, given the population pressures, it’s time for to move to the next stage by making waste segregation and recycling a part of daily life Exactly three years ago, on...


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