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'Coastal Road will be eco-friendly, add space to Mumbai'

Nivedita Pal | Mumbai

Quashing the allegations of an environmental lobby flaying the proposed Coastal Road as being 'useless' and a 'waste of public funds' besides being 'bad for the environment' Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation Chief Praveen Pardeshi confidently asserted, "besides building new land, by using eco-concrete material for the Coastal Road, we are actually enhancing the environment."

Mr Pardeshi was speaking at a two-day conference 'Climate Crisis: Action for Tropical Coastal Cities', organised by think tank Mumbai First that concluded on 28 February, 2020 in Mumbai. Other speakers at the conference included European Union Ambassador to India Ugo Astuto, NEERI Director Dr Rakesh Kumar, McKinsey & Co, Sr Partner Shirish Sankhe, Consul Generals of Netherlands, Italy and Sweden, MMRDA Commissioner R A Rajeev, BPT Chairman Sanjay Bhatia, Jamsetji Tata School of Disaster Studies Dean Dr Janaki Andharia, India Climate Collaborative's Executive Director Shloka Nath, industrialist Nadir Godrej, Former Chief Secretary of Kerala Jiji Thomson, LSE Cities Executive Director Dr Philipp Rode and more.

Mumbai First would be presenting the draft report and recommendations on the basis of discussions during the conference to the State Government within a month. Mumbai is expected to see a task force to combat the climate change, with the MCGM likely to get an exclusive department to tackle climate-related crises.

The conference held in collaboration with the European Union and CSIR-NEERI and supported by the Government of Maharashtra and MoEFCC, brought on one platform government representatives, industrialists, urban planners, international experts, academicians, social and environmental scientists and environmentalists to examine the impact of climate change and the impending climate crisis on the bustling coastal metropolis.