The State Government was considerate about the preservation and conservation of wildlife in the State and the efforts of the State Government in this direction has been appreciated and recognized at the national level. This was stated by the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur while presiding over the 10th meeting of the State Board for Wildlife held here today.
Chief Minister said that proper coordination between various line departments must also be ensured so that developmental projects could be expedited. He said that a few ambitious projects must be prepared so that same could be linked with tourism related activities. He said that efforts should also be made to prepare mega wildlife projects which could be sent for Central funding.
Jai Ram Thakur said that wildlife must be conserved at any cost but at the same time it must also be ensured that developmental works do not hamper due to various issues related to wildlife areas. He also directed the officers to ensure time bound clearances for proposed construction of Thunag-Pajut-Lambasafar-Chilamgad-Shikaridevi road. He said that this would give a big boost to tourism development in the area. He said that a concrete plan must be prepared for conservation of rare himalayan species of animals and birds.
It was decided in the meeting that matter regarding expansion of grain based distillery and co-generation power plant at industrial area Sansarpur Terrace in Kangra district by M/s Premier Alcobev Private Ltd may be recommended to National Board for Wildlife.
The Board also gave its approval for diversion of 0.0375 hectare of forest land for construction of helipad at Nagasti by ITBP authorities within Rakchham-Chhitkul Wildlife Sanctuary and recommended the same for National Board for Wildlife.
Non Official and Official members of the Board also gave their valuable suggestions on the occasion.
PCCF Wildlife cum Chief Wildlife Warden Rajeev Kumar welcomed the Chief Minister and other dignitaries present on the occasion. He also made a presentation of the action taken report on the agenda of previous meeting and various activities of the Wildlife Wing. He also conducted the proceedings of the meeting.
MLA Banjar and Member State Board for Wildlife Surender Shourie, Additional Chief Secretary Forests Nisha Singh, PCCF Ajay Shrivastava and other senior officers were also present on the occasion.