QUEEN’S ROAD: Efficient and eco-friendly transport initiatives adopted across the world to combat pollution and climate change are being showcased through a series of photographs at the Rangoli Metro Art Center.
The exhibition, titled ‘60 Solutions Against Climate Change’, comprises 21 pictures cherry-picked from photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s Earth From Above series.
Describing the photographs as incredible, Francois Gautier, Consul General of France in Bengaluru, said they were taken from the skies. “The pictures were shot from a helicopter with a camera that could withstand the vibrations of the vehicle,” he said.
Vasant Rao, General Manager (Finance), Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation (BMRCL), said the photographs “were philosophical and had a social message behind them”.
In the near future, urban population is expected to account for 70 per cent of the world’s population. The pictures provide solutions to climate change and congestion woes. Among the photos is a subway in Istanbul that runs along a track of 80 km and carries 1.5 million passengers. ‘Ecobici’, an environment-friendly bike in Mexico, has helped reduce pollution levels in the city, while the Bus Rapid Transit System in Bogota transports 1.5 million people through dedicated bus lanes. Wind turbines in Ethiopia help reduce carbon dioxide by 3 lakh tonnes a year, while biodigester tanks in India produce natural gas from organic waste.
The expo will be on from 10 am to 7.30 pm every day till September 28.
Meanwhile, referring to the loan agreement worth 200 million euros signed between Karnataka and Agence Francaise de Developpement on Friday, Navin Kumar, Finance Director, BMRCL, said, “This loan for Namma Metro phase II is the largest loan agreement in the country.” For phase I, a pact for 110 million euros had been signed.