Himachal to fine those who dump garbage in forests

September 2nd, 2008 - 1:34 pm ICT by IANS  

Shimla, Sep 2 (IANS) Himachal Pradesh will get tough on dumping of garbage in its forests and impose fines on those doing it, a senior minister has said. “We have told forest officials to get tough and impose fines under the Forest Conservation Act and the Himachal Pradesh Non-biodegradable Garbage Control Act,” state Forest Minister J.P. Nadda told IANS.

The forest department will deal with a garbage dumping problem in the Marhi area near Rohtang Pass in Kullu district. The area is frequented by a large number of tourists throughout the year.

He also disclosed that the state government has got Rs.29.5 million to develop eco-tourism.

“The government of India has sanctioned Rs.2.95 crore (Rs.29.5 million) for developing eco-tourism circuits in Kullu, Kinnaur, Shimla and Bilaspur districts,” Nadda said.

“Since the state has a huge potential for eco-tourism, we have decided to strengthen the existing sites. Our department will collaborate with the tourism department for promoting eco-tourism activities.”

The forest department would develop seven eco-tourism sites. It was already in the process of developing a site at Narkanda in Shimla district, which would be operational this month, he said.

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