The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI),the countrys leading scientific and research organisation,is planning to set up a regional research centre at Shimla. The centre will help the Himachal Pradesh government and other Himalayan states to address the issues of energy resource management,environmental protection and meeting climatic challenges.
Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal on Thursday said that the government had accepted the proposal of the TERI and would provide land for setting up the centre. We have identified the land,and other modalities on the centre can be worked out so that Himachal Pradesh gains benefit in the areas of climate change and environmental protection, Dhumal said while talking on the sidelines of a function organised here laying foundation stone for the State Centre on Climate Change.
Replying to media queries,Dr R K Pachauri,Director General of TERI,said the proposed centre at Shimla will work on all critical areas of climate change,including its effect on human population,agriculture and horticulture and the environment. It will also suggest measures that can be adopted at the local level to combat these.
On Himachal sanctioning large hydro projects on one hand and taking up environmental initiatives on the other,Pachauri said,You can not stop the development process.
Earlier after laying the foundation stone of the Climate Change centre,Dhumal reiterated his resolve to promote green growth across all sectors. He also released Inventory of Himachal Pradesh on Green House Gas Emission and inaugurated the web portal of State Centre for Climate Change.