CM calls for more conservation efforts for Green Delhi

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New Delhi, Sep 4 (UNI) Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today stressed on the need to bring about awareness about conservation of natural resources, while expressing fears that global warming and increasing population would lead to their acute scarcity.

Exhorting people to come forward and involve themselves in conservation efforts, she said otherwise there would be a war-like situation.

''Ecological balance is being disturbed to meet the needs of the people. We will have to face a strong challenge if concrete steps for preservation of ecology are not immediately taken. Power plants are contributing 27 per cent of the pollution,'' she said while inaugurating a three-day international conference on 'Bio-diversity, Environment and Sustainability: Challenges for Future" at Delhi University, North Campus, which was organised by Swami Shraddhanand College here.

Calling upon people to conserve water and electricity, the Chief Minister said Delhi is a land-locked territory with limited resources and fruits of development would not sustain forever because large number of people are migrating to the capital.

Reiterating that her Government was working to make Delhi pollution-free and a green city, Ms Dikshit said the green cover has expanded from 33 to over 300 sq km and pointed out that Delhi was the only capital city in the world having largest public transport fleet propelled on CNG.

Urging people to make use of CFL bulbs and standard electronic appliances, she said this would go a long way in saving electricity.

High Commissioner of Namibia Mr Marten N Kapewasha, Vice-Chancellor, Delhi University Deepak Pental, Secretary Environment J K Dadoo and a number of environmentalists were also present on this occasion.

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