Modi warns against dangers of climate change, says disaster resilient infra need of hour

Modi warns against dangers of climate change, says disaster resilient infra need of hour

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Kharagpur (WB), Feb 23 (PTI) Warning against the
dangers of climate change and natural disasters like the one
in Uttarakhand recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday
asked the IITs to develop disaster resilient infrastructure
that can withstand their effects.

Addressing the 66th convocation of IIT (Kharagpur),
the oldest of Indian Institutes of Technology, he gave the
students the mantra of “Self-3” “self-awarness, self-
confidence and selflessness” in order to become startups for
bringing about a change in the lives of people.

He also spoke of the need for making available safe,
affordable and environment friendly energy to people through
initiatives like the International Solar Alliance.

“Climate change is a major challenge as natural
disasters destroy infrastructure. India drew the attention of
the world to the issue of disaster management.

“You can see what happened recently in Uttarakhand.
We should focus on developing disaster resilient
infrastructure that can withstand natural disasters,” he said.

The prime minister referred to the global Coalition
for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI), which he
announced at the UN Climate Action Summit in 2019.

The CDRI envisages partnership of national
governments, UN agencies and programmes, multilateral
development banks, financing mechanisms, private sector, and
knowledge institutions to promote the resilience of new and
existing infrastructure systems to climate and disaster risks
to ensure sustainable development.

He hailed the role played by the IITs in developing
technology to battle COVID-19, and said the hallowed
institutes should now work fast on finding futuristic
solutions to other health care problems.

“You represent the aspirations of 130 crore people of
India,” he said, while addressing the convocation virtually.

Noting that the needs and aspirations of the 21st
century India have changed, Modi said IITs also need to
transform from being just Indian Institutes of Technology to
Institutes of Indigenous Technologies.

“You have to become startups to bring about a change
in the lives of people. You have to work on Self 3– self-
awareness, self-confidence and selflessness. You should
recognise your potential and move forward, move ahead with
full confidence, move ahead with selflessness,” he told the
students.

Underscoring the need for clean and affordable energy,
the prime minister said India presented to the world the
concept of International Solar Alliance.

He said the cost per unit of solar power was very
little in India. However, it was still a great challenge to
reach it to people”s homes.

“Can you do something about reaching solar cookers to
homes using ”chulha” (earthen ovens),” he asked.

He said before the coronavirus struck people used to
keep only medicines at their homes.

“Things have changed. They now keep machines that
measure blood pressure, machines that measure blood oxygen. A
huge market has emerged for personal health care equipment,”
he said while speaking about research and innovation in the
field.

He said IIT students can make use of PM Research
Fellow Scheme and the Startup India Mission for idea
incubation.

The prime minister spoke about the government
liberalising regulations on geospatial data to allow private
companies to conduct survey and mapping without prior
government approvals and sharing the data for various everyday
applications, from logistics and transport to road safety and
e-commerce.

He said the decision will provide a huge impetus to
Digital India and was a step forward in the direction of
realising the vision ”Aatmanirbhar Bharat”. PTI PNT SK
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Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Bollyinsidestaff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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