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Govt to prioritize execution of climate change action plan


OST Bureau

Bhubaneswar, Dec 12:

Odisha government has decided to prioritize implementation of Climate Change Action Plan in the state without waiting for Central assistance because these activities are ‘very crucial’ for future growth and survival.Green

“Activities on climate change action plan need to be prioritized by the departments. Availability of funds will not be a bottleneck in the process,” state chief secretary Jugal Kishore Mohapatra said.

Available data shows that around 121 activities under 11 sectors have been included in the Odisha Climate Change Action Plan.

A total budget of Rs 17,000 crore has been estimated for utilization in this action plan over a period of five years.

The major activities  under this action plan include setting up of a Green Energy Development Corporation for promotion of the production of renewable energy, reduction in T & D Losses in energy, promotion of use of LED lights, implementation of the provisions of Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC), Creation of large water bodies, prioritization of enhancing carrying capacity of rivers and drainage congestion and expansion of hydrometric network.

Activities under the plan also include use of solar powered pump sets, prioritization of inland water transport from Angul to Dhamra, use of energy efficient pumps for urban water supply programmes, development of rural drainage channels, increasing   availability of Gambucea fish, prioritization of plantation, management of fire hazards in forests, ensuring water and fodder for wild life and conservation of wet lands, promotion of the use of non-polluting boats etc.

Forty four different agencies have been identified for implementation of these activities.

Urging upon all departments to take up the activities with a sense of commitment, Mohapatra underlined the fact that these activities are very crucial for future growth and said required funds will be made available to implementing departments and agencies.

Chairing the meeting of the Monitoring & Advisory Committee on Odisha Climate Change Action Plan at the state secretariat here on Wednesday the chief secretary said  action for easing of pollution largely lies in massive plantation and increasing canopy density of degraded forests which in turn will reduce the large load of carbon on environment.

Mohapatra directed the Forest and Environment department to scale up plantation activities and raising of nurseries at block and district levels. He said the department has also been asked to increase tree density  across 20,000 sq km of forest zones.

The chief secretary asked the Energy secretary to take stringent measures to reduce the T& D losses and save energy and stressed on the need for creation of a common pool of funds to incentivize solar power project initiatives. He also advocated increased use of energy saving devices.

While Mohapatra emphasised on the strict enforcement of water harvesting and plantation initiatives by industrial houses without any compromise and said incentives will be provided to private houses for roof top solar projects and rain water harvesting systems.

Chief Secretary asked the BDA, Water Resources department and OREDA to empanel service-providing agencies whom people can contact easily for facilitation of these kinds of projects in their homes.