New Delhi: Pitching for serious efforts
to conserve scarce resources, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit
Saturday favoured increasing the tariff on power and water to
prevent their wastage.
Dikshit, while speaking at a function to mark the
World Environment Day, identified limiting consumption of
energy and water as main challenges facing the city and
appealed to citizens and government agencies to make serious
efforts to conserve them.
Addressing the gathering, IPCC chief R K Pachauri
suggested increasing the tariff on power and water to make
people understand the value of the scarce resources.
"We will have to take serious efforts to save the
environment. We will have to control wastage of water and
power. If the solution to limit consumption of water and power
lies in increasing the tariff as suggested by Pachauri then we
support it," Dikshit said.
The chief minister, who also flagged off a rally
featuring battery operated cars, herself drove a Reva car from
her 3, Motilal Nehru Marg official residence to the NDMC
Commonwealth Garden in Africa Avenue.
The chief minister said the rising population in the
city has put a lot of pressure on its scarce resources. She
said 42 per cent of the total water distributed by the Delhi
Jal Board goes waste.
"Delhi with a population of about 18 million is
facing a big challenge of protecting its resources. We must
address the problem seriously," he said.
Dikshit also released the `State of Environment
Report for Delhi, 2010` which highlights challenges being
faced by the city on the environment front and actions the
government desires to take to make the city more habitable.
The chief minister said that the basic purpose of the
report, brought out by the Environment Department, is to
present an overview of the environmental situation and create
awareness about sustainable development.
The report provides details under three chapters viz
urban growth pressures in the city, state of the environment
and key environmental concerns.
Dikshit hoped the report will serve as a useful
document for policy makers, NGOs, civic society and government
agencies in policy making and maintaining a balance between
developments while conserving the natural resources.
The chief minister also launched an `e-newsletter` of
the Commonwealth Games apart from planting trees at Games park
at Africa Avenue.
Singapore: China`s defence capabilities are not aimed at challenging, threatening or invading any other country but to maintain its own security, a senior Chinese military official said Saturday.
Some people still view China`s development with suspicion, worrying that it will seek expansion and hegemony when it becomes strong, Ma Xiaotian of the People`s Liberation Army said at the ninth International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Asian Security Summit.
"The development of China`s national defence capabilities is not aimed at challenging, threatening or invading any other country, but, first and foremost, maintaining its own security," Xinhua quoted Ma as saying.
Ma said that every country should combine the interests of its own people with shared interests of people around the world, and its own national security with the common security with the international community.
Only common development can guarantee sustainable development for all, and only common security was truly sustainable security, Ma said.
"We believe maintaining security in the Asia-Pacific region serves China`s interest, and it is also China`s responsibility," Ma said.
China had the responsibility to make greater contribution to regional peace and prosperity and it was willing to do so.
The summit, the Shangri-La Dialogue, is being held in Singapore from June 4-6.
Delegations from 28 countries and regions, with more than 300 delegates including defence ministers, chiefs of defence staff and other senior security policy makers, are attending the summit.