The Government is revisiting the idea of introducing hybrid vehicles to the local market, as it continues to put energy saving measures in place.Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, made the disclosure on Monday, June 24, as he addressed the official launch of Ultra Low Sulphur Diesel (ULSD) at the Petcom Dunrobin station, St. Andrew.Fuel retailers, marketing companies, motor vehicle dealers, motorists, and other stakeholders welcomed the introduction of the fuel.[RELATED: Gov’t to Schedule Expansion of Petrojam Refinery]Minister Paulwell noted that while the initial cost is higher than that of regular diesel, the improved mileage ULSD provides will redound to the long-term benefit of motorists.“We are encouraging Jamaicans to step up as we try to preserve our environment and make our vehicles last longer,” he stated.In his remarks, Sales and Marketing Manager, Petcom, Alphanso Chambers, said sulphur reduction in diesel is essential in ensuring the proper functioning of vehicles with advanced emission control systems, and new diesel engines.He noted that there is a reduction in harmful sulphur emissions, exhaust smoke and odour, leading to improved air quality, thereby protecting the environment.Mr. Chambers said that all necessary precautions have been taken to prevent contamination of ULSD. He informed that all marketing companies have been mandated to ensure that dedicated storage tanks, fuel lines, pumps and haulage trucks are identified to satisfactorily accommodate the transportation and retailing of the fuel.Motorists will be able to make the distinction between regular diesel and the newly introduced ULSD, as regular diesel has a red appearance, while ULSD is straw coloured.ULSD, which is being distributed by Petrojam, has a sulphur content of 15 parts per million, which is a vast improvement from the sulphur content of 5,000 parts per million, of the current diesel.The Minister also turned on the pumps at the Shell Gore Terrace on Constant Spring Road, to officially mark the arrival of the fuel at 10 service stations in the Shell network.Contact: Alphea Saunders
Kolkata: The Samajsevi Sangha puja at Lake Road is etching out the life of the daily labourers through their pandal ambience and décor during the Durga Puja that has stepped into its 74th year.”It is the daily labourers who are the architect behind every creation but common people are ignorant about their activities. Our aim is to provide the pandal hoppers a glimpse of the places where they live, the equipment they require for their work and various other aspects of their life through our pandal . It is an attempt to pay tribute to the daily labourers for the hard work they put in to make us happy,” said Arijit Maitra, general secretary of Samajsevi club Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMany of these labourers in the city come from other states and live in dingy lanes and bylanes in the city and face a lot of hardships. But everyday they come in the morning at their respective work places and work tirelessly through out the day to return to their residences in the evening. The concept for the pandal’s décor has been conceived by Pradip Das and instruments used by them like hammer, spade , sickle etc will deck up the pandal. The Durga idol and her entourage made by Pintu Sikdar will be of sabeki style but in sync with the theme of the pandal. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe pandal has been divided into two distinct phases. When a person enters he will get an idea of the various activities of the labourers and as he enters in the interiors he will get to know about their place of stay which is gloomy and often devoid of basic amenities. However, there will be a sense of positivity as people will get to know how they celebrate and take part in various festivals. “Just outside the pandal there will be an installation wall which will have a collage of pictures of the people who are working in our pandal to give vent to the concept that we are churning out through our puja,” Maitra added. As part of its social activity, the Club is also involving the autistic children in their puja. ” We have tied up with the Autism Society of West Bengal in Mukundapur and children associated with the Society along with their parents have been invited to be a part of our puja,” he maintained. There will be a separate entry gate for these children, several support equipment for them and a ‘quiet room’ where they can spent time on their own in a relaxed manner if they are suddenly gripped by some sort of restlessness.