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

Battle over cattle, Delhi govt schools lead the way and, why we must return to Gandhi & Tagore

On May 23 this year, the ministry of environment issued ‘Rules on prevention of cruelty to animals (regulation of livestock market)’ with the purported aim of regulating animal markets. When one reads the rules – notwithstanding the lame efforts from union ministers to issue clarificati

BEML unveils 9 MW capacity windmill park

  BEML, a mini ratna category-1 enterprise of the defence ministry, has set a target of using 100 percent renewable energy for its own consumption.   In this connection, BEML’s 9 MW Windmill Park installed at Bagalkot District in Karnataka was recently

BHEL registers increase in intellectual capital

  Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), a Maharatna enterprise, has recorded nearly 14 percent growth in its intellectual capital in 2016-17 fiscal. During the year, a record 508 patents and copyrights were filed by the company, translating into filing of nearly two patents/copyrights

NALCO partners with CII, Odisha for outreach programmes on GST

  National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO) has joined hands with the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), Odisha, to organise outreach programmes for industries and other stakeholders on GST implementation.   Series of interactive programmes are being

EPFO inks MoU with HUDCO for Housing for All by 2022

  Taking prime minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘Housing for all by 2022’ forward, Employees` Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has amended the EPF Scheme, 1952 to provide assistance in acquiring affordable houses to the EPF members by allowing withdrawal from PF to

IndianOil LPG import terminal to reduce refill backlog in Kerala

IndianOil is currently transporting bulk LPG from Mangalore to various LPG bottling plants in north Kerala through about 100 bullet trucks every day, which ply on narrow highways. A pipeline connecting the proposed LPG import terminal to Kochi Refineries Limited and the LPG bottling plants at Udayamperoo



Video

पाकिस्तानी सेना कैमरे में कैद करना चाहती थी ये हमला

Current Issue

Opinion

Facebook    Twitter    Google Plus    Linkedin    Subscribe Newsletter

Twitter