Chandigarh-Emphasizing upon the necessity to promote eco tourism within the wetlands of the State, the Forest and Wildlife Preservation Minister Lal Chand Kataruchak immediately mentioned that this is able to lead in direction of era of employment avenues on the native degree.
Presiding over a gathering of the Punjab State Wetlands Authority on the Forest complicated in Sector 68, the Minister additional identified the event of wetlands as a big think about contributing to the sustaining of ecological steadiness. Besides, the Minister additionally directed the officers of the division to go strict on the mining within the forest areas.
The Minister was additional apprised that as a part of the Save Wetlands Campaign aimed toward defending the wetlands aside from selling bio variety, 1381 wetlands in Punjab have been recognized out of which 414 are pure whereas 967 are artificial and every consists of two.25 Hectares of space. Furthermore, almost 2300 Wetland Mitars (Volunteers) are working for the conservation of wetlands and consciousness programmes are being organized to teach folks about the necessity to protect wetlands and their ecological significance. Not solely this, collaborations have been made with WWF India, Punjab Remote Sensing Centre PAU Ludhiana, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Guru Angad Dev University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (Ludhiana) & Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) to realize wetland conservation targets within the State.
Besides, it was additionally dropped at the discover of the Minister that the Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has accepted the proposal of the division to declare the realm of 100 Meters across the 7 wetlands of Punjab specifically Ranjit Sagar Dam Conservation Reserve, Beas River Conservation Reserve, Kanjli Wetland, Harike Wetland, Ropar Wetland Conservation Reserve, Nangal Wetland and Keshopur – Miani Wetland, as Zone of Influence. It implies that any exercise in these areas shall be undertaken after permission of the State Forest Department.
The Minister additionally accorded approval to the proposal for organizing fifth State Bird Festival at Keshopur Chhamb within the month of February this 12 months.
Among these current on the event included the Financial Commissioner (Forests) Vikas Garg, PCCF R.Ok. Mishra, Chief Wildlife Warden Dharminder Sharma and different senior officers.