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Low-carbon roadmap by 2013

Calcutta is set to model itself on a British city: Leeds, not London.

On Thursday, the UK-based Centre for Low Carbon Futures, in association with Jadavpur University, launched a programme to prepare a blueprint to turn Calcutta into a “low-carbon” city.

Calcutta is second in line after Leeds in the “10 climate smart cities programme”.

“By summer 2013, we expect to come up with the blueprint of green growth for the Calcutta Metropolitan Area,” said Joyoshree Roy, a professor of economics at Jadavpur University and the key Indian researcher in the project.

“Finance is a big issue and I request the British high commission to take an initiative to find funds for the plan,” said state environment secretary RPS Kahlon.

“We will all try together to find funds for its execution,” said Sanjay Wadvani, the British deputy high commissioner to eastern India.