• Central University professor presents paper on ‘Green Gujarat’ at Oxford in Ahmedabad
     August 17th, 2012     Kunal     Posted in Education In Gujarat, Gujarat in News

    The Gujarat story was discussed threadbare during an international conference on green economics at the Oxford University. Called the 7th Annual Green Economics Institute, Green Economics Conference, the meet had professor Indira Dutta of Central University Gujarat, Gandhinagar, as a delegate.

    Dutta, the only participant from India, presented a paper ‘Green Gujarat: A Vision Towards Sustainability’ in the conference. The paper talks about the illustrious-industrious journey of Gujarat and environmental concerns which have grown alongside. It discusses how Gujarat houses one of the most polluted industrial clusters of the country and also boats of having a state government department dedicated to climate change. “Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) report in May 2012 notes that Vapi has overtaken Ankleshwar to become the most polluted industrial cluster in India. Even pollution levels in Vatva and Naorda have increased. Today Gujarat is facing a life threatening challenge of growing environmental stress,” the paper states.

    The paper adds that the planning commission had earlier put Gujarat at number 16 in the overall environmental ranking among 35 states and union territories, but it has ranked it at fifth this year. It says that Gujarat will be receiving more than Rs 65,000 crore of investments in the renewable energy sector in the next four years.

    “Gujarat is marching towards sustainable economic development. However, a lot still needs to be done by the state government and all stake holders. The state will need more investments for bringing in green agriculture and industrial practices for being a model state,” said Dutta.