Kolkata. Concern and debate about climate change continues around the world. Due to this, efforts are on to deal with the natural challenge in West Bengal as well. For many years, efforts are being made to make many cities of the state as eco-friendly green cities. Recently, State Transport Minister Firhad Hakim also spoke on this issue. Many countries of the world are considering to prepare eco-friendly green cities.
In West Bengal, the government is making efforts to make the capital Kolkata, Bidhannagar, Rajarhat and New Town eco-friendly cities. During a program, Hakim had told that by 2030, Kolkata will have only CNG and e-vehicles. He had said, “From 2011 onwards, a plan has been prepared to make smart city, a green city in the state. The city already has eco-friendly tram and underground metro. There are plans to launch high speed vehicles and electric buses.
He further said, ‘Already 300 government buses have been converted to CNG in Kolkata. More than 1000 CNG buses will be launched soon. The state’s new town has already been identified as a green city. At the same time, the state government is also making all efforts to make the entire New Town better in terms of environment. Solar panels, separate cycle tracks, public bicycle sharing systems, green buildings, electric charging stations have been prepared here.
In the coming days in Kolkata, with the help of CESC, electric charging stations will be prepared at different places, where electric vehicles can be charged. Hakim had said that in the coming days, plans have been made to prepare Kolkata and New Town as model cities for other cities of West Bengal. Top officials of the Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) have said that they are ready to extend all possible help to the state in future.