Naidu aims to increase AP greenery to 50% by 2029-what about Amaravati?

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Expressing concern over rise in pollution levels world over, Chandrababu Naidu said his government has set a target to increase the greenery to 50 per cent by 2029. He didn’t mention about 30000 green acres he acquired to make it a concrete jungle.

“At present the green cover in Andhra Pradesh is 23 per cent. We plan to increase the green cover to 50 per cent by the year 2029,” said Naidu.

Speaking at the function of the two-day Regional Conference on Environment organised by National Green Tribunal (NGT), Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board and Telangana State Pollution Control Board, here, Naidu said there is an urgent need to increase the green cover in cities and towns for sustainable development.

Naidu also advocated the use of renewable energy and said the contribution of renewable energy will be increased to 50 to 60 per cent by 2029.

At present, the share of renewable energy was around 25 per cent.

Highlighting the need of organic farming for minimum usage of fertilisers and chemicals, Naidu said nearly five lakh farmers in the state would shift to organic farming.

He said that the state will be 100 per cent open defecation free (ODF) by 2018.

“All most all the municipalities in the state have achieved the 100 per cent ODF status and about 4,000 villages have got the 100 per cent ODF certification and our vision is achieve 100 per cent across the state by 2018,” he said.

The AP government has planned to produce around 66 MW from 4,500 tonnes of waste per day by setting up 10 Waste-to-Energy plants for effective solid waste management in the state.

Chairperson of NGT Justice Swatanter Kumar said protection of the environment is the collective responsibility and there is an urgent need to take up measures to control the usage of polythene and plastic.

The scope of judicial review should be widened and the recommendation given by the tribunals should be adhered to, he appointed out.

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