With most of the urban cities facing the most hazardous problem of pollution and the increasing carbon footprint in the air, Chandigarh, independent India’s first planned city, is equipped with a safety shield that can easily take on the problems such as carbon footprint and pollution. One cleanest and greenest cities in the country, Chandigarh, boasts of a huge forest area that helps the city to fight the airborne pollutants.
Matter of pride for Chandigarh
It is a matter of pride for Chandigarh that it has been able to maintain its forest cover. According to the report, Chandigarh has emerged as the only Union Territory in the county to have maintained its forest cover. In addition to maintaining the forest cover, the city beautiful has also increased this forest cover significantly in the last 10 year. As per the Forest Department, UT, the forest cover has increased considerably in the last two years. It has been reported that the forest cover has grown to 40.73 percent from 38.04 percent. With a two point increase in the forest cover between 2013 and 2015, according to the Forest Data of India, Chandigarh undoubtedly is a city that can take on the carbon footprint in the air easily.
A whopping 19 percent increase in Chandigarh forest cover
It is worth mentioning here that while most of the cities are losing the forest cover due to several developmental projects, Chandigarh recorded an approximate 19 percent growth in the forest cover in fifteen years despite various development projects in the area. As per the report, the forest cover percentage was recorded at 21 percent in 2001 which has gone up to 40.73 percent in 2015.
This makes Chandigarh the only city in the country to have achieved such a milestone. In addition to this, area under the forest cover has also stretched in the last 15 years. As per the report, the area under the forest cover has also increased by 9km under the trees in Chandigarh.
Here’s how Chandigarh is fighting pollution and carbon footprint
The increasing green cover in and around Chandigarh has directly impacted the air quality index in the city. As per the monitoring data of Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee, the air quality index in Chandigarh as increased with the growing green cover in UT.
This is one of the reasons why Chandigarh’s temperature is lower than the national capital – Delhi with same climatic conditions. Due to the presence of the green cover which is gradually increasing, Chandigarh will easily fight the carbon footprint as well as the increasing pollutants in the air.
Source: Times of India