Statesman news service
Kolkata, 7 February
The British government will provide fund of Rs 10 crore to the KMC to prepare a road map for the development of low carbon and climate resilient city as a part of the KMC’s vision 2020 strategy.
During his meeting with the civic officials in the KMC headquarters today, Gregory Barker, Minister of state for climate change and UK minister for Business Engagement with India said that the British government would provide KMC the funds in the next one year for the purpose. This will help the state to adopt fiscal measures to promote low carbon development in various sectors such as power, industry, building and solid waste sectors. The UK government would also help civic authorities to cut the rate of green house emission generating from LED street lighting.
A high-level monitoring committee has been formed comprising of the municipal commissioner and the British Deputy High Commissioner, Kolkata, to prepare the road map, which is expected to be ready by September. “We will share our technical expertise with the KMC to respond to the climactic challenges like rise in the sea level, flooding and climate induced disasters. We will provide Rs 10 crore to the KMC for the project,” Mr Barker said.
In November last year, a MoU was signed between the British Minister and the City’s Mayor.