Seven Decisions Of Maharashtra Government Under The Leadership Of Aditya Thackeray Making The State Acme Of ‘Climate Change Action’

Maharashtra Government Several Decisions On Climate Change With New Plans, Policies Proposed By Environment Minister Aditya Thackeray Making State Environment Friendly.


COP26 Summit is being conducted in Glasgow and on Sunday, November 7, 2021 state of Maharashtra received an award acclaiming the state’s Inspiring Regional Leadership. The state was also appreciated for Maharashtra’s Climate Partnerships and Creative Climate Solutions. Maharashtra’s Minister of Environment in his address highlighted the need for states and sub-national governments to inclusively and immediately take actions on climate change.

Ever since in 2019, Maha Vikas Aghadi formed the government in the state, and the environment ministry was given to the charismatic leader Aditya Thackeray the state has taken several decisions in two years to combat climate change and make the state more eco-friendly. News policies and schemes are roped in which are highly appreciated not just domestically but globally.

Here we take a look at seven decisions by the Maharashtra government to effectively deal with the climate crisis and take the state ahead in ‘Climate Change Action’

  • Making Pune Carbon Neutral By 2030
  • Declaration Of Section 4 For Aarey
  • Majhi Vasundhara Campaign
  • E-Mobility Workshop
  • Amendment To The Protection and Preservation of Trees Act, 1975
  • Maharashtra’s Electric Vehicle policy
  • Developing Mangrove Park

These seven decisions by the Maharashtra government are highly appreciated that will help to cope up with the climate crisis in the state with sustainable development.

1. Making Pune Carbon Neutral By 2030
On January 29, 2020, in the presence of environment minister Aditya Thackeray at the Pune International Centre a decision was made to make Pune Carbon Neutral by 2030. Pune is one of the major cities of the state. The meeting also had the presence of leaders, scientists, urban planners and it was addressed by Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar.

2. Declaration Of Section 4 For Aarey
Maharashtra Forest Department issued the notification of Section 4 of the Indian Forest Act for 808.531 acres in Aarey on October 8, 2020. It officially declared Aarey as reserved forest land. Due to this decision, all types of construction like roads, slums, Adivasi pockets, and government facilities will be prohibited in the restricted area and it will go under Forest Department’s Jurisdiction.

3. Majhi Vasundhara Campaign
Majhi Vasundhara Campaign was launched by the Maharashtra government on October 2, 2020, Majhi Vasundhara boosts various departments of government and local self-governments to work on the 5 elements of nature. It has been introduced to combat the crisis caused due to climate change. So far several programs are run under these campaigns at different levels.

4. E-Mobility Workshop
The main objective of the workshop is to give a push to the overall ecosystem of e mobility and alternate fuel mobility in Maharashtra, from production to sales.  The workshop on E-Mobility was organized by the Committee formed by the Ministry of Environment &CC on January 11, 2021. This will lead to climate change mitigation & action.

5. Amendment To The Protection And Prevention Of Trees Act,1975
To maintain and foster the flora and fauna of cover of Maharashtra’s urban centers, the state cabinet passed the government aims to safeguard green cover across urban landscapes and also provide a robust mechanism to protect heritage trees. This is yet another move to enhance sustainable development to tackle the climate crisis.

6. Maharashtra’s Electric Vehicle Policy
Maharashtra’s Electric Vehicle policy was launched in July 2021. Keeping in view the objective of making the state of Maharashtra the highest producer of battery-powered electric vehicles in the nation the state government has rolled out a Rs 930 crore policy.  EVs will be spared from road tax and registration charges.

7. Developing Mangrove Park
Recently, the Maharashtra government announced that the first-ever Mangrove Park will be made in Gorai. The area of the park is spread across 8 hectares, this park will include Boardwalk, Kayaking, Nature Trail, among other attractions. Anticipated to open by 2023, this park will boost conservation efforts & transform the eco-tourism industry in Maharashtra.