Need to achieve balance between development, environment: Chief Minister
IFS State chapter holds the annual meet in Dehradun
It is vital to maintaining a balance between developmental works and environmental conservation. A concrete action plan in order to compensate for the damage caused to the environment by the execution of developmental works. The chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said this while speaking as the chief guest after inaugurating the Indian Forest Service, Uttarakhand chapter annual meeting here on Thursday.
Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said that officers need to deliberate upon how to facilitate the desired balance between the welfare of the public and that of environment and wildlife. He said that the conservation of water is also the need of the hour to ensure the conservation of the environment.
Considering the future requirements, the focus will also have to be laid on the conservation of rainwater. Efforts will also have to be undertaken to maintain the flow of natural sources of water.
Rawat further said that efforts are underway to facilitate gravity-based water supply to Dehradun from the Suryadhar, Song and Maldhung dams. The construction of these dams will also help save electricity amounting to more than Rs 100 crore per year.
There is also scheme to facilitate gravity-based water supply to Udham Singh Nagar from the Pancheshwar dam project.
The chief minister stressed that the forest service officers will also have to undertake initiatives aimed at increasing the forest cover along with the mitigation of human-wildlife conflict.
Protecting agriculture from wild animals is also a challenge facing the state, he added.
Addressing the gathering on the occasion, the State Forest minister Harak Singh Rawat stressed the importance of public support for the conservation of jungles and the environment. Uttarakhand is rich when it comes to jungles, rivers, and fauna.
Along with the forest department, the public also has an important contribution in this.
The minister also stressed on the importance of establishing the desired balance between development and environmental concerns.
The state’s principal chief conservator of forests, Jai Raj along with other senior officers of the forest department were also among those present on the occasion. read more posts…
Friday, 23 November 2018 | PNS | Dehradun—
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