|Twenty Telemetry Stations to be set up in the North-East
to Monitor Seismic Activities|
Union Minister of Science and Technology & Earth Sciences,
Shri Kapil Sibal has said twenty telemetry stations will be set up in the North
East to monitor seismic activities. Disclosing this at a news conference in Guwahati
yesterday after a three day tour to Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh, he said the
India Meteorological Department (IMD) will install two such stations in Nagaland,
at Mokokchung and Kohima by June 2007
Shri Sibal also revealed that IMD
will establish 50 Automatic Weather Stations in the North-East by March next year.
Among these, 13 stations will be located in Arunachal Pradesh and eight in Nagaland
and will be installed by end of December this year.
Shri Sibal disclosed
that the possibility of setting up of three Doppler weather radars for weather
forecast in the North-East will be investigated. These radars are expected to
be commissioned in next year.
The Minister said the Government will encourage
utilization of bamboo based engineered material in good housing and construction
programmes. National Mission on Bamboo Application (NMBA) under Department of
S&T will support the industries of bamboo prefabricated structures for public
domain buildings, especially for the school construction programme and for hospitals
and dispensaries linked with the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) or other Government
of India funded programmes.
He said that the bamboo pre-fabricated modular
structures in high altitude areas can withstand temperatures till 300C,
zone V Seismic loading and static snow load of 3 feet and high velocity winds
upto 100 km per hour. Such demonstrative pre-fabricated modular structures in
high altitude areas at forward locations of the Indian Army completed in August
this year in Tawang area.
The Minister suggested that the State Governments
of the North East should review the access and regulatory regime for bamboo including
felling & transportation and of the fiscal and incentive regime for value
added products. He said the NMBA will support an actionable study of the existing
provisions. He said the abundant resource of bamboo sector should be developed
for more employment opportunities and strengthening the economy.
said a Bamboo Technology Park will be established at Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh
and it will be fully funded by the Centre. He also announced a bio-resources Mapping
programme through CSIR for Arunachal Pradesh.
In the Health Care Sector
Shri Sibal said that Department of Science & Technology (DST) will support
the setting up 33 Iron Removal plants in Nagaland and 15 such plants in Arunachal
Pradesh in the next year for providing clean drinking water. The technology developed
by the Central Glass & Ceramics Research Institute (CGCRI), Kolkata, uses
membranes which provide physical separation between product water and contaminants.
The DST has also taken up a programme of induction of 150 nano-membrane
filters in Nagaland and 350 such filters in Arunachal Pradesh, at Ruksin and Dirang
to provide clean drinking water.
The Minister has since returned to New
Source : Press Information
Date : October 16, 2006