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Maha govt plans to deal with global warming

The Maharahtra Government will be forming an action plan to tackle the impact of climate change and global warming in the state, Chief Minister Ashok Chavan said on Friday.

india Updated: Jun 20, 2009 00:21 IST

The Maharahtra Government will be forming an action plan to tackle the impact of climate change and global warming in the state, Chief Minister Ashok Chavan said on Friday.

"The state action plan is in concurrence with the National Action Plan and we have sanctioned Rs one crore for the programme," Chavan said.

The Energy Research Institute, headed by eminent scientist RK Pachauri, will carry out studies and advise the state government regarding the implementation of policy in various sectors to ensure their impact on the environment, he said.

The state government will also form a committee consisting of ministers and senior officials from across various ministries to ensure the recommendations are followed.

Pachauri lauded the efforts of the Maharashtra government and said it was the first state in the country to come up with a plan which seeks to reduce the impact of various sectors on the environment. "Maharashtra is very vulnerable to the effects of climate change due to its large coastline and rise in sea levels could be alarming," he said.

If Maharashtra was able to develop technologies to reduce the impact on of different sectors, it could also be a source of revenue since the innovations could be exported to other countries, he said.