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Saturday, May 06, 2006

Power issues

Whether it is Delhi or Dindigul, come summer, Indians have to sweat it out. Power outages or more affectionately called "Power Cut" is common in India. Add to this is the global warming and consequent rise in temperatures ( and tempers) every year. All this despite huge dams being built apparently to tap hydro-electric power and to solve the water crisis, both for drinking and for agriculture. A lot of money has been invested on power projects, but the demand continues to increase. Why are alternative sources of power such as solar power or wind power not being tapped? Is'nt this a good idea for many more of our politicians, buraeucrats, business men, contractors, middle-men and power brokers to mint money by exploring these sources? Why restrict themselves just to building dams and making money?

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