How green is our valley?

Published: Monday 30 September 1996

with a view to mapping the country's natural resources, the Delhi-based Tata Energy Research Institute ( teri ) has initiated a project which will be supported by twelve major companies. The project 'Green India 2047' will chart the depletion of natural resources in the 50 years since 1947 and suggest an action plan for the next 50 years. It also aims at developing national strategies in resource conservation and sustainable development. Announcing the project at the first national conference on Green India 2047, R K Pachauri, director of teri said that such projects were in the interests of Indian industries as foreign financial institutions favour environmentally-sound ventures.

teri also released a study which reveals that people living in the Yamuna basin are constantly facing the risks of high level air, water and land pollution. The study was conductied in a number of districts situated on the Yamuna, stretching from Dehra Dun to Delhi. The findings revealed that between 40 to 60 per cent of pre-school children and 25 to 30 per cent of women in the reproductive age in these areas suffered from chronic lung diseases.

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