Finding new sources of energy is an issue that confronts all nations of the world but particularly the countries of South Asia. Water has been a traditional source and hydroelectricity is one method of power generation that has dominated the power mix in nations like India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. However, in this region of abundant sun and wind, it is quite perplexing that such alternative energy sources have not been fully exploited.
It must go to the credit of India that it has made good use of its wind corridor on the coast of Gujrat and is transmitting valuable electricity to various parts of the country. In Pakistan too,
some institutions are now taking initiatives to exploit the abundant availability of wind in regions like Gharo on the Sind coast and have put up wind power projects. Solar energy, it must be said, is an expensive proposition but had these and other nations in South Asia been serious, they could have devised cheaper means to exploit solar energy and put it to common use. Coal is also a cheap alternative and again, despite its vast coal resources, Pakistan has miserably failed to tap this source to its own advantage and continues to burn expensive gas or import furnace oil to produce electricity. Perhaps the energy crunch will serve as the great game changer and become a catalyst in pushing these and other nations to exploit available alternate energy sources!
Shahida Aziz Abu Dhabi, UAE