The Central government has accepted the project on environmentally sustainable development in Himachal prepared by the state government and has also recommended it for a Rs 1,000-crore funding from the World Bank.
This was announced by Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal in the Assembly on Wednesday.
The project was submitted by the state governments Directorate of Environment Protection to the Ministry of Environment and Forest. The ministry finally recommended it to the Ministry of Finance,which has now given its approval to the project and has written to the World Bank to fund Rs 1,000 crore.
The Environmentally Sustainable Development Project will take the state a few steps ahead from the stage of awareness and advocacy and attempt to change the working of many sectors in perspective of environment.
According to reports,components of the project include strengthening of institutional framework for environmentally sustainable development activities and climate change and management of Sutlej river basin. Activities to improve energy efficiency and usage of renewable energy sources and environmentally sound pollution and waste management activities are also a part of the project,which awaits the World Bank sanction.
Expanding the knowledge base for decision making in all government departments is one of the main activities envisaged in the project,to converge the opinion of all stakeholders in the direction of sustainable development.