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Ranjit Sagar wetland project yet to take off
3/17/2016 11:26:57 PM
Kunal Shrivatsa

Early Times Report

JAMMU, Mar 17:The ambitious Ranjit Sagar National Wetland project perceived to come up at Ranjit Sagar Dam is still hanging in balance even as the process to give it a final shape was started in 2009-10.
But, the north India's biggest Wetland project conceived to encourage frequency of migratory birds' visit is lingering on for the last seven years allegedly due to cold response of the Himacahal Pradesh (HP) and Punjab governments who as well as J&K government were joint handlers of the mega project since the jurisdictional area of Ranjit Sagar Dam touch is all the three states. Both HP and Punjab governments along with J&K government were entrusted by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests to submit a detailed Management Action Plan (MAP) jointly after it gave formal approval for the Wetland project proposed to be set up on an area of 87 square kilometers in 2009-10. However, the HP and Punjab governments are not following the Union Environment Ministry's instruction of submitting the comprehensive MAP jointly instead they did it separately on their own level.
Sources informed Early Times that the Union Ministry refused to accept the MAP in separate form adding that the J&K Wildlife Protection Department even wrote to concerned departments of HP and Punjab governments dealing with the MAP for the project to set in motion the process for a joint excercise in this regard.
The proposed wetland to be set up on 87 square kilometres of area covering the man made reservoir of Ranjit Sagar Dam if become a realty would nestle rare species of migratory birds who already are regular visitors to the calm and serene atmosphere of the dam.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Union Government gave its nod to the project which it considered as a significant step to ensure conservation of wildlife after a suggestion in this connection was sent by the then Chief Wildlife Wardon, J&K, Chander Mohan Seth.
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