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Ignored by successive governments, LG takes initiatives to preserve ecology of Mansar-Surinsar lakes
3/4/2021 12:22:34 AM
Early Times Report

JAMMU, Mar 3: While as successive democratic elected governments have shamelessly ignored water bodies of Jammu region, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has taken the initiatives to protect these bodies to preserve ecology of this region.
Speaking at the passing out ceremony of Forest Guards here at the convention centre, the Lt General emphasized on the need of formulating a comprehensive plan for the conservation of ecology in and around the Mansar and Surinsar lakes.
“Recently I visited Mansar, Surinsar, Purmandal and Utterbehni”, he said and emphasized on the need of protecting ecology of these sites which attracts tourists and pilgrims from different parts of the country.
Notably on December 15, 2020 LG had visited Purmandal- Utterbehani area and Mansar-Surinsar twin lakes to review the progress on comprehensive plans being put in place for the development of these religious and tourist destinations and issued on spot instructions for speedy development of the area.
The Lt Governor had observed that Purmandal-Utterbehani can become a major religious and pilgrimage tourism destination. “Religious places like Purmandal and Utterbehani will attract a lot more tourists which will ultimately give a boost to the religious tourism in the area and development of religious tourism is among the prime focus areas of the Government”, the Lt Governor said.
Lieutenant Governor also paid homage to all the martyrs of the Forest Department who have laid down their lives and made supreme sacrifice in the line of duty. “I salute the bravery of forest personnel working day and night to protect Forests, Wildlife and the Environment”, said the Lt Governor.
He also asked the department to focus on Hangul conservation and explore the possibility of making the Dachigam as a more accessible local destination.
Highlighting the role of forest frontline staff in protection and conservation of forests and biodiversity, the Lt Governor said that Forest Guards are no less than soldiers of our Defence and Police forces. He asked the department to organize programmes on 11th September-Forest Martyr’s Day every year to mark the efforts of frontline staff and pay tribute to their valour and sacrifices.
The Lt Governor appreciated the department for the notable increase of forest cover as reported by Forest Survey of India in its 2019 report.
J&K with an increase of 348sq km of forest cover has figured among top 5 States/UT that have registered the highest increase in forest cover. These forests have enabled J&K to receive a higher proportion of funds, around Rs 1700 Cr annually under the 15th Finance Commission. I congratulate the Department for this, said the Lt Governor.
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