To develop Chandigarh as a green city, UT Administrator V P Singh Badnore on Wednesday asked officials of the Chandigarh administration to visit Bristol – the winner of 2015 Green Capital of Europe Award. UT home secretary Anurag Agarwal and director tourism Jatinder Yadav have been given the responsibility to visit Bristol and prepare a report.
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Badnore, who was at the UT Secretariat, said both the officers were going to attend World Travel Market, scheduled to be held in London from November 7 to November 9.
Thereafter, the officers will visit Bristol, which is located in South West of England, from November 10 to November 12.
Agarwal said they will study the climate change plan, public transport and energy. Since 2005, carbon emissions in Bristol have been reducing. They aim to become the hub for low-carbon industry in Europe.
In contrary, the quality of air in Chandigarh has deteriorated beyond permissible. As per the data complied by the Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee, both 24 hourly and annual averages, the level of repairable suspended particulate matter has been recorded above the permissible limits, that is, 100 microgram per cubic metre (mcg/cu m) in the past years.
“We will study their plans and prepare a detailed project report, which will be submitted to the administrator,” said Agarwal.
Developing Chandigarh as a green city is one of the pet projects of Badnore.
Over the year, the green cover of Chandigarh has increased. The Greening Chandigarh Task Group has prepared the Greening Chandigarh Action Plan 2016-17. The plan comprises plantation targets of various departments and agencies and the strategies to achieve the desired result.
During this year, 2,20,000 saplings are being planted in a phased manner on government and private land and 50,000 saplings are being distributed by the forest department for free to the citizens of Chandigarh.