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Climate Action Asks 72K


In order to implement all the steps recommended for Climate Change activities in the State, Odisha requires more than Rs.72,000 Core in next five years.


The Five Year Odisha Climate Change Action Plan for 2018-2023, reveals State needs to spend Rs.72,279 Crore.

However based on current Budgetary Allocations and using best estimate of projections the State Government will have about Rs.38,316.18 Crore available for investing into the proposed 110 actions.

So shortfall will be about Rs.33,841.93 Crore to be mobilized from other sources.

However, taking Climate Change issue seriously, the State Government has decided to spend over Rs.7000 Crore on an average every year for designate Climate Change activities for next five years.

In fact the State Government has consistently increasing the allocation of funding the Climate Change activities.

An analysis of allocations on Climate Change activities reveals that in 2012-13, budget for such activities was Rs.1700 Crore, which went up to Rs. 2184 Crore in 2013-14, further to Rs.3207 Core in 2014-15.

Now in 2018-19, allocation is over Rs.7000 Crore for Climate Change activities and this funding will continue in next five years till 2022-23, said sources in Department of Forest & Environment.

While First Action Plan was put in place in 2010, Second Action Plan is all set for action and funding has been raised to Rs.7000 Crore per Annum.

Officials reveal that Climate Financing is needed to be mobilized more aggressively, so that pressure is reduced on the State Budget.

Odisha Climate Change Action Plan II has linked with National Action Plan and also several Missions working for Climate Change activities in the country, said sources.

SAPCC-2018-23 highlights the current and future vulnerabilities of the State under different scenarios based on scientific assessment.

While rainfall pattern in Odisha have been erratic since 1960’s with below rainfall across all districts being recorded for most years, the “Normal 120 Days” of monsoon rain has shrunk to 60-70 days, and unusual spike in rainfall, with torrential rainfall over 200-250 Millimeters Per day are more frequent during monsoon, frequently resulting in floods.
 

All records were broken with recent, “Very heavy Rains in Hirakud, which recorded rainfall of 622 MM on 22 July at Master Control Room of Hirakud Dam Project, Burla.

 

This is the highest ever rainfall recorded in any Station in Odisha as ascertained from India meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar.

 


This cross highest rainfall 581.9 MM recorded by the IMD Rain Gauge Station at Sambalpur was on 19 August, 1982.

 
 

Such situation has had strong influence on Agriculture, especially during Rabi Season, because of the reduced residual moisture.

 
 

Similarly by 2100, the mean temperature globally is projected to increase by One to Five Degrees Celsius and Coastal Odisha will remain relatively less warm than the rest of Odisha even though it clearly breaches the 2 Degree Celsius Barrier.

 
 

North Western, Western and South Western Odisha show the highest rise in temperature, which is unsustainable, feel experts.

 
 


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