Delhi to implement action plan against climate change by year end

In an attempt to combat climate change, the Government of Delhi is planning to implement a new 10-year action plan, said the officials. In this regard, the Government of India had come up with the National Action Plan for Climate Change (NAPCC) in 2009 and asked the states to prepare their own plans. Delhi, however, submitted its action plan in the year 2019 making it the last state to do so.

According to a senior official of the environment department, “The plan majorly remained on paper and could not be implemented in a proper manner. It expired in 2020. Now, we are due for a new plan.” The existing plan laid emphasis on six areas including energy, transport, green cover and urban development. Also, it projected a significant decrease in cold days and nights and a rise in heavy rainfall events in the national capital.

The Government of Delhi is likely to rope in a German agency as a knowledge partner. Considering the planning exercise, the environment department has asked the Ministry of Forest, Environment & Climate Change (MoEF&CC) to release a sum of Rs 20 lakh. Reportedly, all the extreme weather events that occurred in the last 10 years are being analysed to prepare a comprehensive plan. The plan will be aimed at battling air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, transport issues, air conditioning, heat islands, promotion of renewable energy, assessing agriculture patterns, etc.

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Through this, the government will be able to figure out activities causing surge in greenhouse gas emissions and allocate responsibilities accordingly to the concerned departments. The plan will be implemented in a phased manner for a period of 10 years. Reportedly, consultations with the stakeholders will be within two months and the plan will be implemented in a phased manner by this year.

Delhi has been witnessing major climatic changes in the past few years. The national capital had recorded its coldest-ever day on December 30, 2019, since 1901. As per trends, since August 2020, Delhi has been witnessing varying weather conditions and is breaking weather records almost every month.

(With inputs from PTI)

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