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CSE Report Shows Telangana Ranks 1st for Overall Environmental Performance

CSE Report Shows Telangana Ranks 1st for Overall Environmental Performance

The Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), a non-profit organization, released its annual compendium of data, ‘State of India’s Environment 2023: In Figures’, on the eve of World Environment Day. The report includes statistics on various aspects of the environment, including climate and extreme weather, health, food and nutrition, migration and displacement, agriculture, energy, waste, water, and biodiversity.

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Telangana Ranks 1st for Overall Environmental Performance: Key Points

  • One of the highlights of this year’s report is the ranking of Indian states based on four parameters: environment, agriculture, public health, and infrastructure.
  • Telangana emerges as the top-ranked state in terms of overall environmental performance, according to the report.
  • The state’s progress in increasing forest cover and municipal waste treatment were the primary reasons for its ranking.
  • However, the report also identified areas where the state performed below average, such as the share of water bodies not in use, stage of groundwater extraction, and change in the number of polluted river stretches.

A press release from the Telangana Minister K T Rama Rao stated that the state government’s ‘Haritha Haaram’ afforestation scheme and other environmental-friendly programs played a significant role in securing this rare honour.

What initiatives Telangana put forward towards Environment protection?

  • The state government had planted approximately 273 crore saplings in the last nine years, leading to an increase in forest cover from 19,854 square kilometres in 2015-16 to 26,969 square kilometres in 2023, covering 24.06% of the state’s geographical area.
  • In addition, the state’s solar energy production surged from 74 megawatts in 2014 to 5,865 megawatts, indicating significant progress in the move towards cleaner energy sources.

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