The Centre agreed to concede the long-pending demand of Uttarakhand to allow quarrying in some of the hill state's rivers and also said the Platinum jubilee of the Corbett National Park would be celebrated at international level. Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' today met Union Forest and Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh at New Delhi and reached an understanding regarding the quarrying and mining in the rivers in the hill state.
The Chief Minister said that the process of allowing quarrying in rivers Jakhan 1, Jakhan 2 and Saung 3 was on while the forest department had already allowed quarrying in Gaula, Kosi, Dabka, Landhaur and Kailash rivers.
The Chief Minister also informed the Minister about the celebrations planned for 75th anniversary of the Corbett National Park, for which the brand ambassador of "Save Tiger" mission Mahendra Singh Dhoni would be invited.
Mr Jairam Ramesh gave his assent to celebrate the occasion on international level in October-November under the aegis of Union Environment Ministry and Uttarakhand government.
Dr 'Nishank' said that a meeting has been fixed in the ministry for April 6 after which decisions would be taken regarding many other incidents.
The Chief Minister said he had requested the Union Minister to provide measures to safeguard the villagers in the hill state from attacks from wild animals, specially pathers and tigers, after which the Forest Minister has instructed officials to take an immediate and long-term measures and discussed about "rapid responsibility task force" for this.
Dr 'Nishank' apprised the Union Minister about the expansion of cheetah range in Rajaji national park's Chilla, Haldwani, Ramnagar and plains of Terai area and urged him to make policy for tiger conservation, upon which Mr Jaiaram Ramesh instructed the officials accordingly.
Dr Ramesh also sought appropriate Central help in view of the state maintaining a forst cover of 1.10 lakh hectares adding that it's the only state which has 1000 active forest panchayats.
The Environment Minister also instructed the officials to look into the matter of conducting a survey for Ram Nagar-Kot Dwar road, after Dr 'Nishank' brought the mater into his notice.