10 crore saplings to be planted in MP: CM

By Pervez Bari, TwoCircles.net 
Bhopal, June 5: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that global warming is a result of human beings interference with the nature. Public participation is must for protection of environment.
   Chouhan further stressed that environment conservation must be transformed into mass movement through public participation. He said that efforts are being made by implementing programmes such as "Jalabhishek Abhiyan", "Hariyali Mahotsav" and Sanitary mission in the state to protect the environment. About 10 crore saplings would be planted in the state with public participation, he added.
    While addressing the programme held to mark the World Environment Day in environment planning and co-ordination organisation (EPCO) here today, Chouhan said that the nature and human beings are made for each other and their existence is not possible alone. Hence nature should be utilised not exploited.
    He also inaugurated the water collection and exploration center 'REWA' in EPCO premises and visited the exhibition put up on the occasion. Information on water storage techniques can be obtained by people from the center. The chief minister also released brochure focusing activities of water collection and exploration center.
    Chouhan mentioned that a unique example of awareness has been set up by people, organisations and community by establishing about three lakh water infrastructure bodies in the state. Acceleration will be given to environment conservation and campaigns related to greenery. Moreover, awareness is required among the people towards the use of polythene and the state government is considering suitable decision in this regard. He reiterated that industrial investment would not be encouraged at the cost of environment in the state. Also emphasis has been laid on conservation of ancient lakes, construction of check dams and stop dams apart from renovation of old water sources. Efforts to purify the rivers will also be made by the state government. All these activities will be transformed into movement with the co-operation of the people. 
    He visited the exhibition focusing activities of EPCO, Lake conservation authority, Housing board, Capital project and disaster management institute and planted a neem sapling in the premises.
    The Minister for Housing and Environment Jayant Malaiyya said that worldwide changes have been witnessed in the climate besides increase in desert and hence public awareness is must in this regard. The "Jalabhishek Abhiyan" has proved revolutionary in order to increase ground water level. He also gave description of environment conservation activities being carried out in the state on the occasion.
    The director general of EPCO and principal secretary housing and environment Dr. Devraj Birdi informed that the people specially children have been linked with environment conservation campaign in the state. Environment awareness activities are being undertaken by almost 150 clubs, he added. He further said that environment conservation projects are being sanctioned for Pachmarhi and Amarkantak with the assistance of the Union Government.
    The executive director EPCO Hariranjan Rao informed about the importance of environment conservation where as Dinesh Thakkar conducted the programme. The chairman of Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board Prof. S.K. Gautam proposed a vote of thanks. ([email protected])