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DMRC will reply to NGT on groundwater extraction near Lal Quila: DMRC Chief
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will reply to the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on the issue of damage caused to water bodies near Lal Quila area due to extraction of groundwater during construction of an underground station, managing director of DMRC, Mangu Singh said at an ASSOCHAM event held in New Delhi today.

"Our construction is about 200 meters away from there, I mean no expert, nobody can say that it can affect the thing at 200 meters away, somebody has said, we'll reply to that," said Singh at a 'Global Leadership Summit on Climate Change and Calamities-Sharing of Experiences and Strategies,' organized by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM).

In his address at the ASSOCHAM summit, Dr Akhilesh Gupta, Head/Scientist-G, Department of Science and Technology while talking about the economic costs of natural disasters, he said "India loses about one per cent of its gross domestic product (GDP) in natural disasters."

Considering that capacity building together with research and development are the two key areas to deal with natural disasters and calamities caused due to climate change, Dr Gupta informed that the Department of Science and Technology is implementing National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem and National Mission on Strategic Knowledge for Climate Change with a focus on building human and situation capacities.

"The idea of both these missions is to bring people together and have focused research especially in the niche area of integrated disaster management i.e. how to do proper mapping of area," said Dr Gupta.

He further informed that after the natural disaster in Uttarkhand last year, the Government did an innovative program on mapping the neighbourhood and the report on the same is likely to come next month. "We'll able to now map the entire UK as to how when a natural disaster occurs where are the landslides that are active or where are the important river flow obstructions."

In his address at the ASSOCHAM summit, Director General of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), Dr R.K. Pachauri said that the impacts of climate change are going to become progressively more serious. "Two types of extreme events are going to increase in frequency and intensity, heat waves as well as extreme precipitation events of the type that we've seen this year in Jammu and Kashmir and last year in Uttarakhand."

He also said that the businesses in India will have to adapt to impact of climate change. "The business and corporate sector should go in for clean forms of energy which has major benefits of mitigating emissions of greenhouse gases, besides cleaner energy would lead to increase in energy security which will help generate more jobs, improve local environment, lead to higher agricultural productivity, it's really a win-win opportunity."

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