Bhubaneswar, June 20 (LocalWire): The ministry of housing and urban affairs is kicking off a one-of-its-kind climate assessment framework for the smart cities of the country and Bhubaneswar is gearing up to take part in this initiative and improve its climatic conditions.
Named ‘Climate Smart Cities’, the ministry has decided not to provide any ranks or grades but to simply conduct an assessment of the green initiatives adopted in the cities so that a roadmap can be prepared to improve the climatic condition and adopt further measures to help grow in a sustainable manner.
The city will be assessed in 30 diverse indicators across five categories such as energy and green buildings, urban planning, green cover and biodiversity, mobility and air quality, water resource management and also waste management.
The ministry has also fixed the categories and marks will be given as per the strategies adopted by the city in each category.
For waste management it will be 10%, for green cover it is 25%, for energy and green building it is 30%, for mobility and air quality it is 20% and for integrated water management it is 15%.
The objective of this climate assessment is to assess the present situation of the smart cities and help them adopt and implement the best practices of other national as well as global cities.
It also aims at setting standards in comparison to international efforts made in the field of creating green, sustainable and urban-resilient habitats.
‘The cities are growing rapidly and it is important to review the growth in an environmentally sustained manner.
Climate is changing drastically and the cities should adopt green measures to tackle the global warming phenomenon.
It is a very good initiative taken by the ministry,’ said environmentalist Sailabala Padhi.
A BSCL official said they are taking a number of measures to safeguard the environment and are optimistic of a good result in the assessment framework.
‘We have improved the mobility system and are also adopting unique measures for waste management.
We will look for results in the assessment and take further steps,’ he said.
With the implementation of the smart city mission, Bhubaneswar has introduced environment-friendly public bicycle sharing system and also improved the urban transport system.
The introduction of solar-powered traffic signalling system is yet another green initiative adopted in the city.