Plan to tackle climate change sought

Legislative Council former chairman B K Chandrashekar told reporters here on Wednesday that an independent agency consisting of experts, institutions and other stakeholders should be formed to chalk out a short-term and a long-term policy to mitigate the effects of environmental degradation.

Deputy Chairman of State Planning Board D H Shankarmurthy said the Union government had adopted the National Climate Change Action Plan, and set up eight missions and several of them were already at work. However, none of the states were taking the threat seriously, he added.

Gundya project

MLA D B Chandre Gowda criticised the government for going ahead with the Gundya hydel project without pursuing alternatives.

Alternatives needed

“A project like Gundya can submerge so much of land. We really need to look into alternatives,” he said. Suggesting that the government can pursue mini-hydel projects, he said, he will appeal to the Governor to look into these projects keeping the environmental variables in mind.

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