February 14, 2019
Bangla-UK pact to improve air quality
In a significant step towards reducing carbon emissions to tackle the air quality issue in Kolkata, the State Environment Department has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the UK’s University of Strathclyde Institute for Future Cities (USIFC).
The MoU was signed at the just-concluded Bengal Global Business Summit (BGBS) where over 4,000 delegates from India and 35 other countries attended. One of the biggest delegations came from the UK.
The UFISC has worked in Glasgow and numerous other European cities to tackle pollution problems. This will be the first time they will be working in India, and it will begin with a five-year plan for Kolkata.
As per the director of UFISC, the main objective of the MoU is to identify appropriate and affordable solutions for enhanced monitoring of Kolkata’s air quality and developing strategies for improving standards via clean and green alternatives.
A team from UFISC will be visiting Kolkata to map out the issues. The Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) and the Calcutta University will be acting as partners in the initiative.
Source: Millennium Post