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Mauritius seeks India’s help to construct mobile bridges for disaster management

Mauritius seeks India’s help to construct mobile bridges for disaster management

The Mauritian environment minister (L) has requested his Indian counterpart Prakash Javadekar to impart technical expertise for the construction of mobile bridges and also the training of engineers to fix and maintain them. (Image: Twitter)

Mauritius Environment Minister Jayeshwur Raj Dayal met yesterday with his Indian counterpart Prakash Javadekar to seek India’s cooperation in the construction of mobile bridges, to be used for evacuation of people in the event of natural disasters like floods.

The motivation behind this request is that natural disasters like flash floods and coastal erosion are part of the topography of Mauritius.

The Mauritian minister has accordingly requested his Indian counterparts to impart technical expertise for the construction of mobile bridges and also the training of engineers to fix and maintain them.

“Mauritius is facing difficulties in rescuing people when bridges are washed away or collapsed during the harsh weather conditions,” noted Raj Dayal.

During the meeting, the ministers also agreed on collaboration with India for disaster management.

Sources stated that Raj Dayal also showed lot of interest in the design philosophy of the New Paryavaran Bhavan which focuses on increasing the efficiency of resource usage like energy, water and materials while minimising the impact of the building on human habitat and the environment.

Building on the relationship, India has sought the expertise of Mauritius in solar and other renewable energy sectors.

On climate change issues, the Indian Environment Ministersaid that developed nations should fulfil their commitment towards developing nations and island nations on the issue of Green Climate Fund and access to low cost clean technology.

Source: Press Trust of India

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