CM urges people to help govt in environment protection efforts

FPJ BureauUpdated: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 04:39 AM IST
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NGT Nat’l Seminar on Environment

BHOPAL : “National Green Tribunal had to take strict measures to protect environment. We have seen some rivers like Betwa disappearing,” said CM Shivraj Singh at the inaugural session of two-day national conference of the National Seminar on Environment, organised by National Green Tribunal here, on Saturday.

He added the government alone couldn’t work for environment protection. Society needed to stand together, the way they did during the plantation done on July 2 on the banks of Narmada.

“The plantation work will be continuously run at different places every year. The state has become a state that saves rivers and from Narmada, river protection campaign has begun. From next year, the work of conservation of other rivers like Tapti, Betwa and Kshipra will be done with public participation,” the CM added.

Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh said changes in thinking about environmental challenges were needed, but sustainable development should not be ignored.

He said a hydel power project had been pending for 35 years in the state, but to protect trees in a few acres, the environment department was not giving clearance. If the project started on time, there would be a huge control of pollution from coal production. He requested the environment department to mediate in this direction.

He added the forest dwellers and the tribals did not cut trees, specially the Sal tree, as they only cut teakwood. For them Sal was the lifeline; they took birth under the tree, got married and also died under it.

One Sal has capacity to store 50,000 litres water of Narmada flow because the mountains are covered with the Sal forest.

He also lashed at the research and development institute situated in Dehradun. “For last many years they have not able to produce a single tissue culture for Sal tree,” the CM said.

“PM Modi has initiated the operational initiatives of environment conservation by providing gas connections to 5 crore households. Felling of 20,000 crore trees had been protected from this decision,” he further added.

NGT chairman Justice Swatanter Kumar stressed the need for concerted efforts to become protective of environment. He said trees should be cut for sustainable development only, even when 10 trees should be planted in exchange for a tree.

NGT chief Justice Central Zone, Dilip Singh highlighted the various aspects of environment consciousness in the area.

He appreciated the initiative of the state, for strengthening the pollution control board. He hoped the contemplation of the seminar would create a roadmap for better future of environment.

In the seminar, environment minister Lal Singh Arya, CS BP Singh, chairman of central pollution control board SPS Parihar., president of Rajasthan River Valley Authority Ram Vedri and Advocate General, MP High Court Pushpendra Kaurav were also present.

Experts deliberate on environment issues

BHOPAL : “For river pollution only we are responsible. Rivers are the lifeline of civilisation,” said HC Indore bench justice Prakash Shrivastava in the technical session, in National Green Tribunal regional conference, on Saturday.

In the technical session ACS environment Deepak Khandekar delivered the facts on Narmada Seva Mission. Member secretary MP Biodiversity Board R Sreenivasa Murti spoke on environment challenges. Additional director of administration staff college Hyderabad, C Achalendra Reddy spoke on Biodiversity Act 2002.

Khandekar said when the yatra started it was scheduled that the CM would attend 23 public meetings. But at the end, he had attended 50 meetings. As the yatra proceeded, many facts were incorporated, like OFD, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, local bodies’ concern to establish water treatment plants and many others.

On July 2, around 25 lakh people participated in the mass plantation, wherein around 7.10 crore saplings were planted. At the end of September, the government was going to put the documents to claim an entry into Guinness Book of World Records.

R Sreenivasa said, “Very few people know that MP is also the water capital of India. Around 70 per cent of water in Yummna is contributed by MP. The state has 55 per cent of water storage.”

C Achalendra Reddy said biodiversity act was very important. “It is amazing to say that India has given chicken to the world, which contributes 20 per cent of protein in world diet.” He also said MP had huge potential of herbal production, as around 25 per cent herbs were found in the state, but due to lack of information, profits were going into industrialists’ accounts.

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