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Wednesday, Mar 12, 2003
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Environmental study gets under way in Karnataka
BANGALORE, March 11
A COMPREHENSIVE stock-taking of the state of the environment is under way in Karnataka with some technical grant from the World Bank.
For the first time, pollution and waste generation caused by industrial activities, mining, energy and urban transport system will be taken into account, according to officials.
Individuals and agencies are studying air, water, industrial pollution, ecology, land and soil scene in Karnataka among others and make projections for the next 10 years based on the trends during the past 5-10 years.
The Department of Environment and Ecology is coordinating the State of the Environment Report and Action Plan on 12 fronts. The report is due to be finalised by June this year.
The Karnataka study which is expected to come up with suggestions for cleaner production techniques and eco-friendly practices is expected to be a model for other States, sources told Business Line.
TERI, IIM-B, IISc, Karnataka Cleaner Production Centre and individual consultants are involved in the sectoral studies. Among them, TERI is studying industrial pollution, mining and quarrying and air quality; IISc's Dr Madhav Gadgil has been entrusted with biodiversity and Dr D.K. Subramaniam, with energy.
IIM-B is taking stock of urban development and transportation; KCPC biomedical and municipal waste.
Thiruvananthapuram-based Centre for Earth Science Studies is involved in coastal zone management.
These agencies will also make recommendations on the economic and legal measures that would have to be taken to tackle problem areas.
Based on their status report, the Government proposes to initiate action plans through various departments.
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