- Posted January 3, 2014 by
India could get its second time zone
"We need a local time for Assam and the other northeastern states which will be ahead of the Indian Standard Time (IST) by at least an hour to 90 minutes," said Mr. Tarun Gogoi, the Chief Minister of Assam. "We have an early daybreak in the northeast compared to other parts of India and if we have a separate time zone then it would undoubtedly be very productive for all of us and would also help in saving energy," he added. he also said that a farmer in Assam can start working one hour ahead than those working in Gujrat and it will help them to enhance their productivity.
For he last 66 years, after India's independence, Assam is following the IST and local tea estates and oil refineries are also not an exception. But this time, looks like Mr. Gogoi is ready to bring some change in this case. Researchers recently stated that pushing the IST meridian eastwards, or pulling the nation's clocks ahead by 30 minutes, could help India save an annual 2.7 billion units of electricity, enough to power 1.35 million additional urban middle-class homes.
The National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bangalore, reportedly believe that all states in India, not just the north-east, will save power if the IST is set at six hours ahead of GMT instead of 5.30 hours ahead of GMT. Some people are saying that it may create problem in railway and airlines schedule, but many countries in the world are following this rule to save optimum level of energy. Now, the only thing left is the approval of the Cabinet.