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The Indian Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers (ISHRAE) Goa Chapter on Friday, held its annual TechFest last week. Attended by stakeholders, engineers and electronic appliance owners the event was themed on heating, ventilation and air conditioning, refrigeration (HVACR) and cold chain for inland, coastal and marine industry.

The programme highlighted the need for cold storage facilities to improve the shelf life of products and reduce wastage especially in the fishing industry. Participants asked for  adequate infrastructure for quick transportation of products through the sea route.

ISHRAE, an association of engineers conducts conferences, seminars, etc., through its  chapters, with its activities aimed at protecting the environment, improving indoor air quality, energy conservation and updating members.

For the past two years, the organisation has centred its theme on the marine industry. “Goa has the technical input readily available with the presence of a number of shipyards in the state. The Sagarmala project incited by the government will also provide the required support to develop the infrastructure for transportation along the waterways” said C Subramaniam, national president, ISHARE.

He added that, it is important to get in investors into cold chain refrigeration along with the support of the government. developers for infrastructure and designers for efficient eco-friendly appliances to come on board.

Speaking on the occasion, Pradeep Rawat,chairman, national shipping board, New Delhi, chief guest and key note speaker, pointed out the huge wastage of fish in the absence of the appropriate technology for preservation. He stressed on the need for live interaction between the industries and the government to be able fulfil the promises and introduce appropriate polices for the benefit of the industry.

“In the marine sector under the Sagarmala project the government aims to increase the GDP by three per cent in a period of over 10 years.” Some of the other issues raised by Rawat, included modernisation of fishing harbour for deep sea fishing and harnessing energy from the oceans. The programme also threw light on issues affecting energy conservation and usage of environment friendly appliances. Also present at the event was Hemant Bhandare, convener, TechFest Goa 2018, Ashwini Mehra, executive secretary, ISHRAE, Manoj Pandey, president, Goa chapter and Mahesh Prabhu, presidential member.

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