The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has decided to recruit an environmentalist to help chalk out a comprehensive policy to fight air pollution. On Friday, mayor Firhad Hakim said that besides suggestions from the expert, the civic body will implement policies suggested by a panel from IIT Kharagpur and Jadavpur University.
At the KMC monthly meeting on Friday, RSP councillor Debasish Mukherjee asked about the civic initiative to ban road-side chullahs and replace them with either gas ovens or induction cookers. MMiC overseeing the environment department Swapan Samaddar said there have been few takers for the conversion programme till now.
Mukherjee also wanted to know about the plantation drive adopted by the parks department. Debasish Kumar, MMiC overseeing the parks department, said a massive plantation drive had been planned, but conceded that the civic body had no idea about the number of saplings planted in Kolkata in the past few years.
Ratna Roy Majumdar, leader of Left Front in the KMC, raised a question about the seriousness of the civic initiative in curbing air pollution.
“It is promises galore on part of the civic authorities in their fight against pollution. But in reality, the KMC is yet to work on a comprehensive plan to fight the growing pollution in Kolkata,” she alleged.
Source: Times of India