Viewpoint: Green Wall of India

15 OCT,2019 | MEDC


 

India is reportedly planning a vast reforestation exercise along the Aravalli hill range stretching from the edges of Delhi to Banaskantha in Gujarat. This 1400 km long and 5 km wide green corridor extending all the way from Panipat to Porbandar is essentially meant to act as a bulwark against climate change, desertification and other forms of land degradation. It needs all the support it can get, as without top-level intervention in favour of vegetation, the Thar Desert’s expansion could have deadly effects on the granary of India – the fertile belt of Punjab, Haryana and Western UP. The government would do well to attract large private investment into this endeavour, as that will help to introduce innovation and minimize costs over time. The engagement of local institutions is also necessary as one-size-fits-all solutions often don’t work in India. The greening of the Aravalli corridor is just the first step. Much more needs to be done, if we are to tackle the negative externalities of unplanned industrial development and rapid urbanization at various levels.

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