Northeast India may get separate time zones

Northeast India may get separate time zones

The Ministry of Science and Technology in 2003 had prepared a report on the amount of energy the country would save if two separate time zones were introduced.

The government has said it was “pro-actively” considering the matter of the country having two separate time zones.

The issue was raised in the Lok Sabha by Biju Janata Dal (BJD) member B Mahtab, who highlighted that there was a gap of nearly two hours in the sunrise timings between the eastern and the western parts of the country.

“The sun rises at 4 am in Arunachal Pradesh, while the offices open at 10 AM. The Ministry of Science and Technology had also carried out a study on this in the past,” said Mahtab.

He claimed that some 2.7 billion units of electricity could be saved if the time zone was advanced by half-an-hour and added that only the Centre could take a call on changing the office timings.

“As of now, the country’s standard time is defined by 82.5E longitude that passes through Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh and if it was to be advanced by half-an-hour, the defining longitude would be 90E near the Assam-West Bengal border,” said Mahtab.

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu had advocated a separate time zone for the north-eastern states, he added.


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