TERI, NHAI focus on developing policies for intense plantation on highways

Better policies needed for India to create carbon sink of up to 3 billion tonne of CO2 by 2030

sakshi

Sakshi Kuchroo | April 28, 2016


#TERI   #NHAI   #carbon sink  


India’s commitment to the UN for creating an additional carbon sink of 2.5 to 3 billion tonne of CO2 by 2030 through increased tree cover and forest growth is a tall goal, said Dr Ajay Mathur, director general at The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) on Wednesday.

A carbon sink is a reservoir that absorbs carbon compounds and is usually comprised of plants, ocean and soil. Creating carbon sinks by methods like transplantation of plants balance the greenery on land.

“It is easier said than done and if we want to meet this goal, we have to utilise every opportunity that comes by,” Mathur said.

“Intense plantation along highways is a sensible step towards achieving the goal but it is time consuming and expensive. The challenge for us is to develop protocols that can tackle with these issues and also involve all the other sectors of the government into this task,” Mathur said at a conference held in New Delhi on ‘Transplantations along national highways as a measure for Carbon Sequestration’.

The conference was held by TERI along with the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), to deliberate upon the best technology and management of transplantation projects with the vision to create eco-friendly and aesthetically appealing highways.

Agreeing with Mathur’s views, SP Sharma, general manager, environment, NHAI, said that it is important to develop policies for feasible models that can help in restoring the greenery and building of better highways. “The [environment] ministry wants us to relocate trees along with highway construction work. But usual practice is to prevent damage to trees by planting them after the civil construction is done. We need to make proper policies for carrying out translocation and transplantation of trees,” he said.

Environment minister Prakash Javadekar, who was also present at the conference, further added that the government is planning to release Rs 42,000 crore for afforestation and in the next three years, every state will have to submit an afforestation plan with identified location. “National Greens Highways Mission is a major public initiative. We want to encourage public-private partnership under which 200 hectare patches will be given to private industries who are importing timber. This land will be given on lease for 40-50 years with 90 percent of the forest for harvest on a revenue-sharing basis. This will encourage business and create jobs. The guidelines for this will be soon issued,” he said.
 

Comments

 

Other News

New study tracks heat wave; exposes dangerous trends in big cities

An unprecedented heat wave has been enveloping Indian cities, worsening the urban heat island effect, this summer. A new analysis by Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) says there are far deeper and longer term evidences on the nature of this changing trend that is impacting the biggest cities of the

Phase 6: Voter turnout 59.06% at 7:45 PM

Polling in the sixth phase of General Elections 2024 which commenced across 58 PCs recorded an approximate voter turnout of 59.06% as of 7:45 pm Saturday. In spite of hot weather in certain parts of the country, voters were undeterred in their enthusiasm as they were seen queuing up patient

Banks not adhering to RBI guidelines, finds study

Banks across India are levying inconsistent service charges on basic savings accounts. A study, “Benchmarking Reasonableness of Service Charges by Banks in India”, uncovers and exposes inconsistencies in adherence to RBI mandates by banks. It finds some banks impose charges exceeding reasonable

“Mumbai Infra boom similar to that of Manhattan in 19th C”

Mumbai’s ongoing infrastructure boom – with a new coastal road, Atal Setu, metro lines and much more – creating transport corridors – is comparable to that of Manhattan in New York during 1811-1870, according to BMC commissioner Bhushan Gagrani. The iconic projects being implemented

Global Gandhi: How the Mahatma captured the world’s imagination

Gandhi’s Australia, Australia’s Gandhi By Thomas Weber Orient BlackSwan, 348 pages, Rs 1,800  

Urban apathy in Mumbai, Maharashtra sees 49% voting

Polling in the fifth phase of General Elections 2024 which commenced at 7 am on Monday simultaneously across 49 PCs recorded an approximate voter turnout of 57.47% as of 7:45 pm. Voters came out in large numbers braving hot weather in many parts of the states that went for polls on Monday.

Visionary Talk: Amitabh Gupta, Pune Police Commissioner with Kailashnath Adhikari, MD, Governance Now


Archives

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook Twitter Google Plus Linkedin Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter