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State govt. lays special emphasis on afforestation in State : Jai Ram Thakur

1.20 crore saplings to be planted

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Shimla , 29 Jun 2020

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while presiding over the 9th meeting of Himachal Pradesh State Board for Wildlife held here today said that a better coordination between  development and conservation of eco system was the need of the hour.Chief Minister said that being a Himalayan State forest plays a major role in maintenance of ecological  balance, the State Government was laying special emphasis on afforestation in the State. He said that target has been fixed to plant about 1.20 crore saplings during the current  year. He said that the forests of the State comprises of rich biodiversity and apart from providing fodder, timber and medicinal plants to the local community, the forest also were  home to large variety of wild life. He emphasized the need for ecological balance for well being of the humanity.Jai Ram Thakur said that 15 percent of the geographical area of  the State falls under protected area network. He said that there were five national parks, 25 wild life sanctuaries and 3 nature conservation reserves in the State. He said that the  State Government was strictly enforcing Wildlife Conservation Act in the State to protect various endangered species. He expressed happiness over the success of captive  breeding of Tragopan.Chief Minister said that endeavours would be made to develop Pong Dam reservoir as a major tourists attraction keeping in view that large number of  migrated birds visit the wetland every year which makes it a bird watchers paradise. He said that the government would ensure that various developmental activities in wildlife  areas causes minimum damages to eco system and wild life. He said that it was our duty to effectively conserve our environment and wildlife as they were vital for healthy eco  system.Jai Ram Thakur appreciated the activities being undertaken by the forest department even during the COVID-19 pandemic. He said that various issues regarding diversion  of 2.80 hectares forest land in Shikari Devi Wildlife Sanctuary for upgradation of existing Thunag Panjut-Lambasafar Chilamgrd – Shikari Mata road would be taken with the  appropriate authority. He said that this would help in facilitating the tourists visiting Shikari Mata every year besides the local populace.

Chief Minister also asked the department to take up the matter for diversion of 1.55 hectare forest land in Khokhan wildlife sanctuary for extension of  existing Dohranala- Shilirajgiri (Chesta) road upto Lot Rohlagi village in Kullu district.Forest Minister Govind Singh Thakur said that Protected Area Network has a great potential of ecotourism. He  said that Great Himalayan National Park is a world heritage site whereas Pong Dam, Renukaji and Chandetal Ramsar sites were attracting the tourists of national and   international levels.Additional Chief Secretary Forests Sanjay Gupta also addressed the gathering and said that matters approved by the State Wildlife Board will be sent to the  National Wildlife Board at the earliest for seeking final approval.Principal Chief Conservator of Forest cum Chief Wildlife Warden Dr. Savita gave detailed presentation on various  issues of the Wildlife in State and also highlighted the achievements and activities being undertaken by the wildlife wing. She presented the Action Taken Report of the previous  meeting before the board members. She also presented the agenda of the 9th meeting of the Board which include upgradation and widening of the roads from Thunag to Shikari  Mata and Janjhedi-Rajgarh to Shikari Mata both in Shikari Devi Wildlife Sanctuary and the proposal of the road from Dohranala Shiligiraj to Lot Rohlagi. These proposals were  approval to send to the NWLB. The house was also apprised on the progress made on master plan of Shri Renuka Mini Zoo.Additional Agenda on erecting the High Tension  transmission line to the remote village of Shuga was also discussed in detail and approved to be sent to NWLB. Few suggestions related top Pong Dam wildlife sanctuary  received from members Arjun Singh and Hoshiyar Singh were also discussed in the meeting.Four publications  on wild life issues  viz. ‘Wetland Birds of Pong Dam’ written by   Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Dr. Savita, Chief Conservator of Forests Pradeep Thakur and DFO Dadwal, ‘ Snow Leopard-Pride of Himachal Pradesh’ written by retd.  APCCF P.L. Thakur and magazine on Lahaul Pangi published under Himalaya Project  and Wild life and Biodiversity Protection in Himachal written DFO Wildlife Naresh Pal Singh  Dhaulta were also released on the occasion.MLAs Arjun Singh, Surender Shourie, Hoshiyar Singh and Balbir Verma, Principal Secretary Revenue Onkar Chand Sharma, Principal  Chief Conservator of Forests Ajay Kumar, members of the Board and other senior officers of the State Government were also present in the meeting.



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