Mangaluru, Jun 3: The Mangaluru International Airport (MIA) has switched over all its conventional lights to the energy-efficient lighting system in a phased manner, achieving yet another milestone ahead of the world environment day on June 5.

By replacing 1,111 conventional lights spread across various functional areas with as many LED lights, the airport has achieved 100 per cent conversion of lights with the new lighting system, a release from the MIA said on Saturday.

The changeover will help the airport overall save 188,558.96 kWH per year. The biggest saving will be seen in the National Air Traffic Services (NATS) building area where the airport will save 1.17-lakh kWH per annum using 752 LED lights.

In the new integrated terminal building, the MIA will save 56,467 kWH per year with 261 LED lights and 14,673 kWH per annum by changing the 98 conventional lights to LED lights in the airside, old terminal building and NATS area.

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The switchover will help in the reduction of 148.962 tonne of CO2 emission per annum, including 92.761 tonne of CO2 in the NATS area. The emission of CO2 is primarily recognised as the primary driver of global climate change.

The airport has proactively gone in for a controlled lighting system, enabling it to switch off lights wherever not required. The use of timers too ensures that the street lights are switched on at specified times, the release said.

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Bengaluru: Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister, DK Shivakumar, has clarified the government's stance on protests related to the Cauvery water issue. While people will not be prevented from staging protests, the government will not permit a 'Karnataka bandh' called for by some pro-Kannada organizations on Friday.

Shivakumar emphasized that the government is committed to providing protection to the citizens. However, he urged the public to adhere to the guidelines issued by the Supreme Court and the Karnataka High Court regarding the organization of bandhs. Instead of calling for bandhs, he encouraged people to engage in lawful protests.

Furthermore, the Deputy CM instructed concerned officials to attend the meeting scheduled by the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) on Friday in person, rather than participating online. During the meeting, senior agricultural scientists and water experts will explain to CWMA officials the current water supply situation in Karnataka. They will also convey that the state cannot afford to release additional water from the River Cauvery to Tamil Nadu.