Civic Bodies Step Up Environment Management With US Assistance

New Delhi: | Updated: Oct 28 2002, 05:30am hrs
At a time when clean environment is becoming an issue of global concern, cities and municipal corporations in India have been doing their bit for the cause. For this, they have been getting technical assistance from other countries.

Among the southern states, Andhra Pradesh has set up an Environment Protection Training & Research Institute (EPTRI) with assistance from the Centre. EPTRI has entered into a bilateral agreement with Swedish International Development Corporation Agency .

The US Department Of Energys Clean Cities International Program is also keen to share its model with the Delhi Transport Corporation. It has planned to provide support in the form of quantification of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, experiences of benefits and adverse effects of alternative fuel vehicles and assistance with safety and specification standards for the equipment and vehicles through train-the-trainer programmes.

The project will facilitate a group visit to the US to study the natural gas vehicle (NGV) and propane vehicle technology and provide advisory services on GHG emissions benefits and adverse effects of NGVs and provide train-the-trainer programmes to ensure safety performance of vehicles and stations.

The Indore and Pune municipal corporations, Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation, Karnataka Directorate of Municipal Administration and Tata Energy Research Institute are getting technical assistance from US Sustainable Cites Initiative Program for implementing energy efficient strategies to address water supply problems.

The Indore project is to be completed by January 2003 while the Pune project was to be completed in January this year. The Karnataka project began in May 2002 and is expected to be completed by May 2004.

The US Energy Partnership Programm is providing technical assistance to state electricity boards in Maharashtra, Andhra, Karnataka, West Bengal and Orissa, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Jharkhand.