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Face to Face with Lal Singh Timely completion of Jammu Zoo project our priority: Lal Singh

YoungBites. Dated: 1/12/2017 10:24:53 AM

We have to ensure that the ambitious project is executed in most efficient manner and timelines fixed for its completion are strictly adhered to.
This was stated by Minister for Forest, Ecology & Environment Choudhary Lal Singh during his exclusive interaction with the Young Bites.
Here are the excerpts.
Vijay Gupta
VG: Tell our readers about the ambitious project of ‘Jammu Zoo’?
LS: Definitely, the project ‘Jammu Zoo’ is very ambitious and I am very concerned about the completion of this project on time. The prestigious Jambu Zoo Project (Shivalik Biological Park) at Khanpur, Nagrota is envisioned to be completed in two years. Spread over an area of 5000 kanals, the zoo will come up at an estimated cost of Rs. 150 crore.
Meanwhile, the directions has been issued to the Wildlife authorities to expedite the work particularly chainlink fencing, construction of entry gate, parking lots besides the work of circular road and moats as per specification of Central Zoo Authority.
VG: Encroachments at forest land is big issue, how will you manage this issue?
LS: Really, encroachments at forest land is a big issue in our state and to tackle with this issue, I have directed the officers of Wild Life and Forest Department to prepare a working plan of each forest area for knowing the forests assets adding that forests are primarily maintained for ecological services it provides by way of maintaining ecosystem, carbon sequestration, maintenance of Ozone layer, maintenance of bio-diversity and ecotourism.
In this regard, we have directed the officers of Forest Department to immediately start the fencing work of nurseries and forest enclosures for avoiding encroachments and smuggling of timber and directed for increasing vigil to curb such practices.
VG: Smuggling of precious herbs from the forests is another issue, what plans you have to control the smuggling of such herbs?
LS: Though, the smuggling of precious herbs from our forests is a big issue and to put an end to this issue, I have directed the concerned officers of forests and its allied departments to act tough against smuggling of Nag Chattri in the State and ensure strict enforcement of the ban on the extraction of this rare plant.
Meanwhile, there is a need to generate mass awareness regarding the measures for safeguarding the forest wealth and prevent illicit felling of trees. The aim of the Government is to ensure protection of existing forests and also to take up massive plantations drives to improve green cover.
This was not all that the Minister for Forests, Ecology and Environment Choudhary Lal Singh has to say about himself and his department. More issues would be discussed by the same personality, in next part of our Face to Face with Lal Singh.
VG: Many lakes of our state are on verge of extinction. Is there any plan to save their glory?
LS: It is true that due to encroachments over the lakes, most of them are on the verge of extinction now, but the government is very concerned over to save their glory and in this regard, I review of the Wullar Lake conservation project and construction of the Boulevard around the lake.
The government is mulling to create 34.58 kms Boulevard project, costing around Rs 700 crore for revamping the Asia's largest fresh water lake and it would help the State to boost the tourism sector.
Conservation of the lake besides many other lakes and water bodies is the top most priority to the Government and we will take all necessary measures to create an impact in this regard.


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