Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday dedicated the Mumbai Climate Action Plan to the people and praised the city for being the first in the country to have such a strategy.
During his speech, Mr Thackeray made a pitch for sustainable development and said that the city authorities want to provide amenities for the people, but also emphasize that citizens live a happy and healthy life.
The Prime Minister participated in the event at the Sahyadri Guest House via an online platform.
The event was also attended by Maharashtra Environment Minister Aaditya Thackeray, Environment Minister Sanjay Bansode and others.
“I would like to congratulate the BMC for taking the initiative… Mumbai is the financial center of the country, but also the first city to come up with an action plan and take action to reduce the side effects of climate change”, CM Thackeray that is noted.
The prime minister pitched for considering pros and cons while taking any step towards achieving development.
“It is our duty to ensure that we are not contributing to climate change,” he added.
Mr Thackeray said saving the Aarey forest was not a favor to the people but it was his duty.
“I did what was in the best interest of the state and Mumbai. To be a true Mumbaikar and Prime Minister of the State and I will continue to do so. We will provide them (the people) with facilities, but we will also take firm steps to ensure that the people live healthy and happy lives,” he added.
The Prime Minister hoped that the action plan would not just remain on paper, but would be implemented.
Among other things, Thackeray said steps are being taken to implement a desalination project to meet Mumbai’s drinking water needs.
Aaditya said that a strategy (the plan of action) now in place for collective implementation is a step closer to securing the future of the people of Mumbai and that of the planet.
“After this, agencies & @mybmc will get to work; 1) Low-carbon electricity and climate-resilient infrastructure 2) Zero-emission public transport 3) Decentralized waste management 4) Increasing green coverage 5) Steps for cleaner air 6) Urban flooding and water management,” Aaditya tweeted.