Whether due to global warming the sea level of long coastal line of Gujarat is rising every year thereby posing a serious threat to some major cities and industrial units located along the coastline of Gujarat;
Whether the Ministry has prepared any concrete plan thereon; and
If so, the details thereof and the time limit within which this work would be completed?
As per the study of the tide gauge records of the north Indian Ocean for more than 40 years, conducted by the National Institute of Oceanography, it is observed that the sea-level rose by 1.06-1.75 millimetres per year in the past century. This estimate is consistent with the estimated global sea-level rise of 1-2 millimetres per year made by the Inter Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The likely rise in sea-level of the order of 55-60 millimetres has been projected for the period up to the end of the century and beyond by the scientific studies of climate scenario. This does not indicate any sea-level rise trends for Gujarat coast.
Government of India is aware of the implications of climate change and released National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC) on June 30, 2008. NAPCC includes eight National Missions, of which the National Mission on Sustainable Habitat is one of the missions, which includes activities for managing coastal zone. These activities will be implemented during the 12th Five Year Plan.
This Information was given by the Minister of State for Environment and Forests (I/C)Smt Jayanthi Natarajan in a written reply to a question by Shri Parshottam Khodabhai Rupala & Shri Bharatsinh Prabhatsinh Parmar in Rajya Sabha Today.