Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology in association with NGI, IFE and ISOR (Geological Survey of Iceland) will be exploring posibilities of geothermal energy in the Himalayan region of the country. Kick starting the deliberations with the Norwegian institutes here today, the Wadia institute,s Director Prof Anil K Gupta described geothermal energy as clean sustainable energy sources capable of providing heat round the year. He said the Geological Survey of India,s estimates have put the country,s potential of generating 10 000 MW electricity from geothermal sources and asserted that at present no electricity power is produced from this resources. Referring to Himalayan region Prof. Gupta said the geothermal springs in the Himalaya had been utilised for domestics and medical purposes since time immemorial and many of the hot springs are centres of religious pilgrimage.

He said the north western Himalayas was the most promising area of development of geothermal resources as many hot springs were present in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. The prominent among them are around Puga-Chumathang in LAdahk and in the MAnikaran area of HP and in Badrinath and the Joshimath area of the state.

Source: Dehradum Plu , India  Thursday 9.August 2012


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