The plan is being worked out by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM), with aid from the public.
In an attempt to mitigate the problems caused by repetitive extreme weather events like the recent cyclones, a Climate Action Plan has been initiated in Mumbai. Notably, the financial capital of India is the first city in the country and South India to implement such a plan, for dealing with the climate crisis. With objectives of streamlined future planning and development, the plan is being worked out by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM), with aid from the public.
Sector-specific strategies for mitigation to be implemented
The maiden plan was launched by the Maharashtra Minister of Environment, Tourism and Protocol on Friday. Incorporating the basics of adaptation, mitigation and resilience, it will be developed within a period of 2 months. Besides, the minister also inaugurated the Mumbai Climate Action Plan (MCAP) website for getting recommendations from experts and citizens.
The plan will work along six different action tracks to bring forth sector-specific strategies for mitigation and adaptation. As per the plan, the tracks expand across sustainable waste management, urban green revamps and biodiversity, urban flooding and water resource management, building energy efficiency, air quality, and sustainable mobility. All the interventions will be aimed at rolling out executable projects for boosting the city's resilience.
IPCC predicts threatening future conditions for Mumbai
Notably, the authorities have conducted a risk analysis to gauge the city's adaptability to altered climatic conditions. With the help of satellite imagery, the exercise has been helpful in spotting the critical factors. While state and national level action plans have been functional, Mumbai is the first big city to execute such a scheme.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has predicted in a recent report, that Mumbai is faced with the dangers of increasing sea levels along coastal boundaries and escalated and irregular rainfall.
Plan to have specific targets for 2030, 2040 and 2050
Now, it is expected that the draft of the plan will be ready by the end of 2021, in adherence with the set norms of 'C40', a pact that Mumbai was associated with, in December 2020. It is noteworthy that the World Resources Institute India is offering technical help to the city in the capacity of a knowledge partner.
It has been informed that the plan will have specific objectives for 2030, 2040 and 2050. After the citizens' suggestions are received by September 20, it is anticipated that the action tracks will be finalised by November, closer to the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26).
- With inputs from IANS