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Renewable energy projects need Indians: US Green

Renewable energy projects need Indians: US Green

india Updated: Mar 02, 2004 17:37 IST

Dinkerrai Desai left his village at Torangam in Gujarat in 1970 and came to United States to pursue a career in environment.

After serving for three years in the US Army, Desai was made environmental coordinator at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, in 1981, where he is in charge of "programs and contractors that assure environmental compliance support with pollution prevention initiatives, energy conservation and underground storage tank management".
Desai's dream came true when President Bush put him on the Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) of North America in 2003. Today, he is one of the key American Indians in the circle of influence in Washington D.C. shaping the American dream.


Q: Young people are drawn to the environment profession because of a certain idealism associated with it. What made you join this sector?

Desai: I joined the profession because there appeared to be more job opportunities in it. I assumed that since there is no sewerage system and water supply in villages and large towns, there might be opportunities to design and build sewer systems and water supply systems. It was purely an economic decision.

In the 1968 India, there was no such thing as environmental awareness. Though there was a need for industrial waste treatment, water supply and sewage treatment plants' upgradation, there was little understanding of air pollution, geological environmental requirements, pollution prevention and renewable energy.

First Published: Mar 02, 2004 14:40 IST