In its speech on the occasion of India’s 74th Independence Day, Modi talked about developing a carbon-neutral model for Ladakh. Being ‘carbon neutral’ means having a balance between emitting carbon and absorbing it from the atmosphere in carbon sinks. It is significant as greenhouse gas or carbon emissions adversely affect the climate.
“Just like Sikkim has made its mark as an organic state, efforts are being made to make Ladakh a carbon-neutral region,” said PM Modi. He referred to the solar project that is being implemented in the newly formed Union Territory, Ladakh. The solar project is planned to be set up in blocks of 2.5GW each and will provide power to the residents of Ladakh and Kargil during the harsh winters.
Union Road and Transport Minister, Nitin Gadkari will lay the foundation stone for construction of 316 km of highways in the hill state of Manipur. The project will be implemented in order to boost the connectivity and convenience in the Northeastern state.
Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh will preside over the virtual function, which will also be attended by Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways V K Singh, MPs, MLAs and senior officers from the Centre and the state.
On the occasion of Independence Day celebrations, Jai Ram Thakur, Chief Minister of Himachal, informed that ”Atal Tunnel” in Rohtang would be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the last week of September 2020.
Atal Tunnel is being built at an altitude of 3000 meters and aims to reduce the distance to Leh and Manali by 46 km. The tunnel also aims to provide all-weather connectivity to remote and border areas of Himachal and Ladakh which otherwise remains cut off during peak winter season. It is said that these areas remain cut off with the rest of India for almost six months due to harsh winter conditions, making the movement of armed forces difficult.
The tunnel will be world’s longest at an altitude of 3000 meters. The state government plans to develop it as a major tourist spot and also contemplating to start a ”Vistadom” bus for tourists there.
In order to tackle the growing problem of waste management, Uttarakhand government is working on a proposal to install Waste To Energy (WTE) plants in six cities of Roorkee, Rudrapur, Kashipur, Haldwani, Rishikesh and Kotdwar in the state. The Minister for Urban Development has issued the directions to officials to frame detailed project reports for the same.
Earlier, it has been suggested by the Uttarakhand Pollution Control Board that 300 megawatts of electricity can be produced from the waste that is being generated in the state. As per the data of the Pollution Control Board, about 900 metric tonnes/day solid waste is being generated from the urban local bodies in Uttarakhand. The report also highlighted that no municipal body in the state has made rules for segregation, collection, transportation and disposal as per the Solid and Plastic Waste Management Rules 2016.
As per a new weather advisory issued by IMD, a well-marked low pressure area lies over north coastal Odisha and adjoining areas of Gangetic West Bengal and northwest Bay of Bengal on Saturday morning. It could impact the Northeast region, resulting in heavy to very heavy rains and thunderstorms over the mountain states of Assam, Meghalayan and Arunachal Pradesh. The advisory has put the whole of the Northeast region in the category of orange alert, meaning to be be prepared” for rough conditions.
The situation is expected to prevail for the next two to three days.
(By: Editorial Team)