Centre for environmental protection assistance to Kashmir: Ramesh

June 21st, 2009 - 10:18 pm ICT by IANS  

Srinagar, June 21 (IANS) The central government will lend all required assistance to Jammu and Kashmir to protect the state’s green pastures, heritage mountains, forests, natural springs and streams, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said here Sunday.
Accompanied by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Ramesh, who arrived here earlier in the day, visited the Dal, Nageen, Khushalsar, Anchar, Manasbal and Wullar lakes.

The union environment minister is here to review the projects under execution for the conservation of water bodies in the state.

The chief minister informed Ramesh that the state government had already started a massive development programme to protect these lakes which have been the icons of the state’s heritage.

Abdullah also informed Ramesh of the steps being taken to protect the chinar trees in the state.

The union minister went around the Dal Lake here in a boat to get an on the spot appraisal of the ongoing developmental works.

He also interacted with the people living inside the lake to discuss their problems.

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