Himachal to prepare master environmental plan

Shimla: With the signing of an agreement for preparing of an environment master plan, Himachal has become the first state in the country to do so and look at adopting remedial measures on a long term basis.

Nagin Nanda, director environment on behalf of the government on Wednesday signed the agreement with IRG System South Asia for preparation of Environment Master Plan.

Speaking on the occasion chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal said that the government was committed to improve the effectiveness of environmental management, protect vulnerable ecosystem and enhance sustainability of development.

“We want to move ahead while conserving the Himalayan environment,” said Dhumal, “and the master plan would address all vulnerable issues, which require not only immediate but also futuristic planning. This would facilitate in making Himachal a ‘Carbon Neutral’ state in the country.

Environment minister JP Nadda said, “the states highly sensitive and bio-diverse ecosystem needed sustainable environmental management practices and this project would help to address the issues more diligently.”

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