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BMC to check soaring mercury

The corporation plans to appoint a private firm to carry out a survey to find out the major sources of greenhouse gases generation in the city and recommend steps on how to control them, reports HT Political Bureau.

india Updated: Jun 03, 2009 02:05 IST
HT Political Bureau

The burning issue of global warming has made the municipal corporation sit up too.

The corporation plans to appoint a private firm to carry out a survey to find out the major sources of greenhouse gases generation in the city and recommend steps on how to control them.

The proposal, involving a cost of Rs 5 crore, will be presented before the civic standing committee on Friday for approval.

The survey would be conducted in three categories — homes, industries and vehicles.

“Homes will be further classified into high-income groups, low-income societies and poor dwellings,” explained an official from the state Environment department, on condition of anonymity, for lack of authority to speak to the media.

“Random samples will be drawn from each category and the teams will inspect the emission of greenhouse gases from electronic units installed in the houses.”

The survey result will help the municipal corporation identify areas in the city that contribute more to global warming and suggest remedial measures, the official added.

Greenhouse gases are gases in the atmosphere that absorb and emit radiation within the thermal infrared range — the cause of the greenhouse effect.

Urbanisation, industrialisation, increasing number of vehicles create common greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, ozone, and chlorofluorocarbons, which affect health.

According to the proposal, the firm would submit the study report and solutions to the corporation.

The firm would then detail the amount of greenhouse gases in the city’s atmosphere and how the corporation could sell carbon credit in the international market.

Carbon credit is a permit that allows the holder to emit one ton of carbon dioxide. Credits are awarded to countries or groups that have reduced their green house gases below their emission quota. Carbon credits can be traded in the international market at their current market price.

The carbon credit system was ratified in conjunction with the Kyoto Protocol with an aim to stop the increase of carbon dioxide emissions.