By Pallavii Pitale
The World is already alerted regarding the possible repercussions of global warming.
The Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority is emphasising on environmentally sustainable economic progress, is planning sustainable development initiatives for the region and is committed to help the Mumbaikars maintain a sustainable and green environment.
A few months back, MMRDA had joined hands with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) where both had agreed to develop and implement need-based collaborative programmes in local, national and global context while developing regional infrastructure. The Areas of concerns also included anthology of the environmental status report, estimating the carbon footprints of organisations and evaluating the impact of modern and improved transport projects undertaken by MMRDA on the environment.
India’s first ever Mono Rail, that has been introduced by MMRDA, shall bring in many a green benefits for the citizens of Mumbai. The Mono Rail is free of air and noise pollution as it does not require any fossil fuel for its operation and runs on a narrow 0.8-meter beam with the help of rubber tyres which produces very little noise. It will help save all the fuel needed for public and private transport and the vibration-free Mono will save Mumbaikar’s time as well. Once complete, it will soon take the city towards reduced pollution. On the operational front, Monorail uses regenerative braking. which means when the train brakes, it passes on the electric power back to the system which can be used by other trains running on the system at that time. This can save about 25% of power.
The Metro train too is significantly safe, reliable and Environment friendly option. The Metro comprises of various features such as, Highest Safety Integrity Level, Energy efficient and aesthetic lighting system, Train to control room communication via radio system, etc. It is an absolute eco-friendly transportation system with no environmental pollution. It causes lesser noise pollution during operation. It is expected that the METRO Rail Project would lead to significant reduction in vehicular pollution levels.
MMRDA is also undertaking development of programmes and projects for the preservation of natural wetlands within the boundaries of MMR and devising methodologies and policies for the preservation of mangroves and salt pans within it’s operational limits.
One of the important Project of MMRDA is Mahim Nature Park which has provided the people of Mumbai, a quick change to relatively green and unpolluted area. The park also has educated the people, particularly children in the Ecology and Nature Conservation.
Mostly everyone is now aware about the global warming and it’s adverse effects. through environmental awareness, every individual can contribute in his own little way in combating climate change.
As citizens of the globe, we all need to share the responsibility to reshape and restructure changes in our life in order to protect the environment.
MMRDA believes that, the more approach that is given to the issues of global warming and eco-systems, the better off Mumbai will be. Sustenance and our presence on this earth will remain greener by helping the Environment.