Omar bats for `green` industrial growth for J-K
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Last Updated: Thursday, May 27, 2010, 22:29
Srinagar: Favouring industrial growth which was in harmony with environment, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah today pressed for urgent action to reduce pressure on the state's ecology due to rising population and haphazard constructions.

"A strategy is needed to encourage industrial growth in consonance with the environment requirements," Omar said at the conclusion of a three-day conference on 'Green solutions for sustainable development of Jammu and Kashmir' here.

Omar said there has been tremendous pressure on the state's ecology due to growth of population and haphazard constructions.

"We have to join hands to formulate a module to reduce this pressure on water bodies, forests, air and environment while chalking out industrial development programme in the state," he maintained, and urged the industry and environmentalists to jointly work towards it.

He said planners have to take into account the substantial "floating population" that stays in the state during the tourist season and for pilgrimage.

Omar said disposal of wastes, management of water and energy have to be incorporated in the policy.

He said Jammu and Kashmir has a major potential for harnessing green energy and the state government is working in tandem with Union Ministry for New and Renewable Energy to utilise non-conventional energy sources for sustainable development.

"We are working on utilising huge amount of biomass especially weeds in Dal and other water bodies for generating energy and producing bio-fertilisers," the chief minister said said.

Voicing concern over the condition of water bodies, he said Dal lake, Wullar and other water bodies bore the brunt of pollution and human interference.

"These have been turned into garbage dumps.... We must realise our responsibility to retrieve the glory of these water bodies," he added.

Omar said his government is committed to safeguard the environment and ecology of the state and development of tourism and industry is being carried forward under a comprehensive plan which takes care of all aspects of pollution control and protection of ecology.


First Published: Thursday, May 27, 2010, 22:29

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