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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, January 02, 2011
Concerned about the deteriorating environment conditions in the city, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Develop-ment Authority has asked The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) to identify environmental hot spots and help draft plans to preserve the city’s natural wetlands and eco-sensitive areas.

“TERI’s work will begin from this month. It will help us identify ecologically vulnerable areas in the region and help us draft our infrastructure plans in such a way that there is least damage to the environment,” joint metropolitan commissioner SVR Srinivas said.

MMRDA is hoping that the report, which could cost the agency Rs. 5 crore, will be completed by the yearend. The report will also help identify the flora and fauna of the region, estimate the carbon footprint of MMRDA and the impact of its projects on the environment.

TERI is being headed by Dr Rajendra Pachauri, chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which won the Nobel Prize.

The report will also help the MMRDA develop programmes and projects for preservation of natural wetlands within the boundaries of MMR, devising methodologies and or policies for preservation of ecosystems, assessment of  impact of human influx on infrastructure projects, promotion of green buildings, achieving energy efficiency in MMRDA buildings and applications of renewable energy.