SRINAGAR, JUNE 05–Minister of State for Forest, Ecology & Environment, Animal & Sheep Husbandry, Cooperative and Fisheries Mir Zahoor Ahmad today conducted surprise visit of Gulmarg and inspected various Sewerage Treatment Plants (STPs) installed by various Hoteliers there.
The Minister took serious note for non-functioning of some STPs and directed the Pollution Control Board authorities to ensure that the owners of the Hotels are adhering the prescribed norms properly. He also asked the Hoteliers to ensure functioning of their STPs and adhere PCB norms strictly, saying that any violation in this regard will be dealt seriously.
MLA Tangmarg, Mr. Mohammad Abbass, MLA Batmaloo Mr. Noor Mohammad Sheikh and senior officers of Forest, State Forest Corporation (SFC), Wildlife, Fisheries, Animal and Sheep Husbandry departments accompanied the Minister during the tour.
The Minister also inspected Fish Farm Tangmarg and took stock of itsfunctioning. He took serious note of lesser revenue income generated by the Unit and directed the concerned to prepare a comprehensive plan for the development of the Farm and submit the same to the concerned quarter for arrangement of funds. He said it is a prime location that requires proper development.
Taking stock of the activities of the Forest, SFC and Wildlife departments, it was given out that 800 cfts of timber were seized by SFC during 2015-16. The Minister expressed satisfaction on the work of the SFC, adding that these efforts would help in minimizing the menace of timber smuggling in the Tangmarg range. He directed the concerned to take effective measures to check the illegal encroachment and title changing of the forest land. He also asked them for proper marking of felling trees. He said that the forests are vital for the maintenance and preservation of the ecology and environment, adding that it is our prime responsibility to take measures to save the green wealth.
Earlier, the Minister visited Rum Seed Farm, Sulinda Tangmarg and enquired about the functioning of the Unit. He was informed that under Centrally Sponsored Scheme, the unit holder was given benefit of about Rs 4.35 lakh and the progress of the sheep unit is very good. Mir Zahoor directed authorities to ensure every possible support to the Unit Holders.
Later, the Minister inspected First Aid Camp for Migratory livestock established en-route Gulmarg road. He appreciated the department for making such arrangements for the convenience of nomads during the season. He was informed that the Centre is temporarily established in the area every year and the medicines are being provided to the livestock rearers on concessional rates. He also called for establishment of High Altitude Lab and directed the concerned to submit a Detailed Project Report (DPR) in this regard.