PM to unveil 'National Action Plan for Climate Change' soon

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Bangalore, Jun 18 (UNI) The Centre is formulating a National Action Plan on Climate Change, which is expected to be unveiled by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh soon, PM's Special Envoy Shyam Saran said today.

Delivering his keynote address at the 'Clean Air Summit' jointly organised by Bosch Limited and Die Deutsche Gesellschaftfuir Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) here, he informed that while formulating the plan, the social and economic development objective had been protected.

Mr Saran said the main challenge before the country was ensuring energy security and combating climate change. About 600 million people of the total population still dependent on conventional sources for their energy requirement and had no access to commercial energy sources.

He said the National Policy on Climate Change was prepared taking into account various aspects, including drought and flood management and weather conditions, and the plan was like the 'National Strategy for Sustainable Development.' Referring to the increasing urbanisation, Mr Saran said the main challenge in cities and towns was to provide efficient transportation services. The National Action Plan would give more focus on mass transportation and reduction in personalised transport services, he added.

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