Dams, Hydel and Power Projects of NE has potential to be ‘Drivers and Engines of Growth’: Experts

Published: November 18,2020 12:31 PM

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November 18, 2020: Industrial and Civil Infrastructure of Assam has propelling effect on Economic development of AtmaNirbhar Bharat, experts opined in a Webinar .

November 18, 2020: Industrial and Civil Infrastructure of Assam has propelling effect on Economic development of AtmaNirbhar Bharat, experts opined in a Webinar organised by Press Information Bureau, Guwahati on the topic 'Industrial and Civil Infrastructure - Dams, Hydel and Eco-friendly Power Projects - Potential Drivers and Engines of Growth and Development' on Tuesday.

Experts from Industry fraternity including organisations of Ministry of Power, Water Resources, Steel, Coal, Cement and Hydel Energy and allied sectoral Industries along with academicians deliberated and discussed about the market potential and its awareness from socio-economic, academic and policy perspective.

Talking about Central Government initiatives and its efficacy for public awareness, Dr PK Mukhopadhyay, Member Secretary, DVC HQ, Kolkata said that Energy Sector, Communication and Transport Sectors be it waterways, highways and railways are experiencing a huge paradigm shift leading to social and economic development of North East India as a region. He said that Dams in a region play a pivotal role in eco-friendly growth, water and energy development. He further said that additionally, it has an effect on the food and socio-economic development of a region.

Shri Shibasis Basu, ED(Materials Management), SAIL-IISCO Steel Plant, Burnpur, Paschim Bardhamaan said that power and energy sector initiative has tremendous potential for direct employment opportunities of youth. He said in that endeavour, Dams, Green Buildings and Constructions and environment friendly Technologies have added to the efficacy of planning, construction, storage of water and utilisation of hydropower sector.

Shri Satyabrata Banerjee, Chief Engineer Civil and HoD, DVC, Maithon that Initiatives of ‘Ease of Doing Business’, ‘Make in India’, ‘Startup India and Stand Up India’ are bringing a paradigm change in the tertiary and allied sectors. He said that optimal utilisation of hydro potential, with many rivers and water resources, has the potential for socio-economic development of Small and Medium Enterprises and industries of a region.

Talking about the provisos of the Constitution, Abdur Rahman Mallick, Advocate Delhi High Court said that building the hydel and power infrastructure which is nimble, supple and efficient is a WIN-WIN scenario for all in the value-added development of socio-economic development of the region.

Dr Kishor Goswami, Professor of Economics in Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Kharagpur that economic growth and development is related to the potential of the power, energy and infrastructure of a region. He said that entrepreneurial opportunities are encouraged with better business environment and development with Human Resources potential.

The informative and knowledge webinar was planned and coordinated by Shri Samrat Bandyopadhyay, Joint Director (M & C), PIB, Guwahati. Senior officers of PIB were present in webinar.

Ms Barnali Mahanta, Information Assistant, PIB welcomed the experts as the webinar delved into details on the various aspects of the topic such as market potential, socio-economic, growth and development, among others. The interactive Webinar has enthusiastic participation of students, academicians and industrial fraternity of Assam as they said that this information cum knowledge Webinar would help them in informed decision making and to celebrate and experience the joy and success of Industrial development.