Development should not be at cost of environment: Kerala CM

Oommen Chandy said `we cannot forget tomorrow` in the name of progress.

Last Updated: Jun 05, 2011, 21:06 PM IST

Kochi: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy
on Sunday said though development was a must and inevitable, "we
cannot forget tomorrow" in the name of progress.

Inaugurating the observance of World Environment Day
organised by the Kerala State Pollution Control Board here,
Chandy said, "Development is inevitable, but we should think
of the future generation. Development is today`s issue, but
environment protection is the need of tomorrow."

"We should combine these two things," he said, adding "we
should move forward according to the changes that are taking
place across the world and in our country".

Chandy also emphasised the need for protecting the
forests and nature.

The Chief Minister said though pollution from factories
had been controlled to a large extent, traffic pollution had
gone up in the state.

Chandy noted that Kerala had yet to come up with a
successful model for processing solid wastes in the state.

"The solid waste processing has become a major problem not
only in the urban areas, but also in rural areas," he said.

The government would extend its full support to those
local self government bodies that come forward with solid
waste processing units, the Chief Minister said.

Chandy also said the government had received complaints
of encroachment of forests and stringent action would be
initiated against encroachers in the Chinnakanal area in
Munnar.

PTI