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'Sabuj Shree' receives huge appreciation at C40 meet

Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's 'Sabuj Shree' project has received overwhelming response at the C 40 World Mayors Summit in Copenhagen.

Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) has bagged an award at the meeting for providing pollution-free transport system and for perpetual infrastructure development. Firhad Hakim, the state minister for Urban Development and Municipal Affairs, received the award on Wednesday.

Hakim visited Copenhagen to attend the international mayor's conference. KMDA had earlier bagged an award on solid waste management three years ago in Seoul.

Hakim at the concluding session of the conference held on Friday spoke in detail about the 'Sabuj Shree' project taken up by the state government as a part to save the environment and empower women.

The project is the dreamchild of Mamata Banerjee and was introduced in 2016. When a baby is born, the parents are given a sapling, usually of Mahogany or Saal. The parents are requested to nurture the tree like their own children. When the child, especially the girl child becomes an adult, the parents can sell the tree and the money can be spent for the education of the girl.

The scheme had received widespread appreciation at the conference. The Mayors of many cities showed keen interest in the project as it has proved how a tree can become an asset to a family.

The announcement of the 2019 C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards was made at the C40 World Mayors Summit in Copenhagen. This year, the awards showcased projects that demonstrated ambitious climate action while ensuring better, longer lives for the greatest number of people.

Hakim also highlighted trams that will play an important role in shifting Kolkata's transport system to electric mode by 2030. This has revived hopes of environmentalists and tram lovers in the city.

The Mayor said trams were eco-friendly and the state government was already working towards modernising the tram network.

A project has been formulated with a deadline in mind for manufacturing single coach non-AC and AC trams with better reliability. Single coach trams will move faster and keep the city less congested.

Chosen for the concrete impact they are making in their communities, each of the seven winning cities are formidable examples of what leadership looks like in building an innovative, resilient, and inclusive future.

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