Centre Assures Help To Protect J&K Lakes

21 June 2009
The Hindu

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh visited Kashmir’s premier lakes - the Dal, the Nageen, the Khushalsar, the Anchar, the Manasbal and the Wullar - on Sunday. Mr. Ramesh arrived here to review the ongoing projects for the conservation of waterbodies in the State. The Chief Minister emphasised that the time had come to take a holistic view of ways to protect the environment with active support from the Union Ministry. Though various steps had been taken to protect the waterbodies, particularly the Dal lake, an intensified programme was required. Appropriate steps were needed to be taken for rehabilitation of the people whose bread and butter was linked to these waterbodies. Mr. Abdullah said his government had already started a massive development programme to protect these lakes and informed Mr. Ramesh that all these waterbodies were icons of the State’s heritage. Mr. Ramesh promised that his Ministry would take appropriate steps for supplementing the endeavours of the State government in protecting the green pastures, heritage mountains, forests, natural springs and streams. Later, Mr. Ramesh visited the Dal lake to review development works.