Residents’ role vital in lake conservation: Guv
The Governor of Uttarakhand, Krishan Kant Paul said that the residents of Nainital have the most important role to play in the conservation of the Naini lake. He stressed that now discussions should be turned into action and implementation based on suggestions made by experts and scientists. The Governor was speaking at a workshop on scientific and technological intervention for Naini lake, organised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Raj Bhawan auditorium here on Monday.
Speaking at the workshop the Governor said that from time to time, many discussions and seminars had been held on this subject. Many organisations had submitted their reports too. He said it was now time for substantial implementation of all the suggestions to conserve the lake.He said chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat had expressed his dedication towards this and the high court of Uttarakhand had also given directions regarding this. Thus, the local administration needed to follow this seriously, stressed Paul.
He said that the biggest responsibility in this context lay with the people of Nainital. The city is dependent for its water supply on this lake. Every year, a large number of tourists arrive here and water has to be made available to them also. The concept of sustainable tourism and water management will have to be adopted and rainwater harvesting must be encouraged. Alternative sources of water for the city must also be explored. Further, the tourists coming to Nainital must also be encouraged to visit tourist places nearby. Citing the examples of Dhansa, Badkal and Surajkund lakes, the Governor said that these had once been important lakes around Delhi but had now dried up. “It is our responsibility to ensure that Naini lake did not dry up like these lakes,” he said.
“Work will have to be done with determination and each citizen will have to use common sense to play his or her role in saving the lake,” stressed Paul.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said that there had been a dwindling of water sources and rivers in the state which is a cause for serious concern. For the Naini lake, an action plan would have to be timely implemented ensuring local participation. He said the state government had started work on conserving the lake and other water sources. On May 25, a campaign on water conservation had been held. Work on the rejuvenation of Bindal and Rispana rivers in Dehradun had also been started. Cleanliness and plantation drives will be undertaken in these areas. Suggestions given at the UNDP workshop will be implemented by the state government, added Rawat. He also appreciated the recent decision of the Government of India for conducting manual inspection of 26,000 water sources in Uttarakhand.
The State’s chief secretary Utpal Kumar Singh, principal secretary Anand Vardhan, UNDP’s additional country director Rakesh Kumar, secretary Ravinath Raman along with scientists and experts from various organisations were also present on the occasion.
During the sessions in the workshop, discussions were held on various aspects including the reasons for the falling level of the lake, possible solutions, the changing geological condition of Nainital, human pressure on the city, role of organisations and implementation strategies.
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