Officials of the Delhi government said that the capital city will soon have a new 10-year climate action plan to fight the climate menace. The plan will be implemented by the end of this year.
The Centre had prepared the National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) in 2009 and asked the states to prepare their own specific plans.
The environment department has sent its request to the Union ministry of environment, forests and climate change (MOEFCC) to release a fund of ₹20 lakh to prepare the action plan, reported the HT Times.
A senior official from the environment department, anonymously said “A request has already been placed before the MoEF for the release of the fund to hire knowledge partners. Once we get the money, we will be able to hold consultations with stakeholders and ready the plan within two months. It will most likely be implemented by the year-end.”
Delhi submitted its plan in 2019, long after all the states have done although it did not work out.
The official said, “The plan remained mostly on paper and could not be implemented properly. It expired in 2020. Now, we are due for a new plan.”
According to The Hindu, the previous plan focused on the following areas, energy, transport, green cover and urban development, and projected a significant decrease in cold days and nights and an increase in heavy rainfall events in Delhi. For the new plan, a German Agency is in discussions to act as a knowledge partner.
The new plan would focus on the activities which are contributing to Greenhouse gas emissions and assign responsibilities to the department concerned to act over the pertinent causes. “All consultations with stakeholders will be completed within two months and the plan will be implemented by this year end,” the official said.
Previously in the preparation of the last plan, the environment department had taken eight years to complete consultations with stakeholders concerned to come to a consensus. Delhi had recorded its coldest day since 1901 on December 30, 2019. Since August last year, the city has been breaking weather records every month, writes HT Times.
Recently, Union Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav ahead of the upcoming COP-26 climate convention in Glasgow has asserted that India is fully committed to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Paris Agreement and is taking the necessary steps to work for the betterment of the climate. Hence, Delhi being the capital city needs to have its climate action plan in motion soon to comply with the responsibility India has towards the cause of global climate change.