The State’s pollution control board and the Human Resources Development Institute in collaboration with Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), New Delhi, are going to establish the Environmental Training Cell to train government officials and other stakeholders in all the practices needed for safe environment and energy conservation with respect to new laws and Acts.
Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board Member Secretary Vivek Yadav, Andhra Pradesh Human Resources Development Institute Director General D. Chakrapani and CSE’s Sustainable Building and Habitat Programme director Rajneesh Sareen exchanged MoUs on the sidelines of the regional training programme for urban local bodies (ULBs) on “Effective Implementation of Environmental Conditions in AP Building Rules 2017,” held here on Wednesday.
Mr. Vivek Yadav said that establishment of the training cell is just a beginning. “After bifurcation, we lost access to many institutions and facilities like the world-class labs in Hyderabad. Many departments started afresh and the APHRDI too established its headquarters in Bapatla with best training infrastructure,” he said.
“The upcoming training facility in Polavaram by APHRDI will be helpful for environmental study. To institutionalise the environment training centre, we need to first have a sound training calendar and want every stakeholder to make use of the programmes,”he added.
Mr. Chakrapani said that all efforts to incorporate programmes related to environment would be made by APHRDI and further embed the components of environment training in the ongoing programmes as extended modules. He said APHRDI also has a Centre for Sustainable Development supported by UNICEF.
He said the institution has been playing a key role in educating the government officials and has so far conducted 397 programmes at its headquarters in Bapatla and regional centres in Visakhapatnam, Srikalahasti and Polavaram.
Mr. Rajneesh said that every set of environmental issues will be incorporated into the training programmes.
Later, experts discussed various components of building rules, including environmental governance in built sector, green building rating systems, rainwater harvesting design, water management rules, construction and demolition waste management rules and AP Energy Conservation Building Code.
Representatives of ULBs, engineers, and architects were among those present.