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CM Launches Project for Ecosystem Restoration in Gujarat

“Launched Rs.1,072-crore project for ‘Ecosystem Restoration in Gujarat’ with Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA)”

“Need to unitedly fight Global Warming and Global Pandemic like Coronavirus Covid-19 for striking a balance in Environment”

“Forest Dept to plant 21-lakh saplings of Tulsi this Van Mahotsav”

– Vijay Rupani


Gandhinagar, Saturday: Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Deputy Chief Minister Nitinbhai Patel celebrated state level World Environment Day function through videoconference from here today with other ministers present at the events at different municipal corporations.

Mr. R.C. Faldu was at Jamnagar, Mr. Bhupendrasinh Chudasama at Vadodara, Mr. Saurabhbhai Patel at Bhavnagar, Mr. Ganpatsinh Vasava at Surat, Mr. Jayeshbhai Radadiya at Rajkot, Mr. Jawaharbhai Chavda at Junagadh, and Minister of State Mr. Pradeepsinh Jadeja at Ahmedabad.

Speaking at the function jointly organised by the State Forest and Environment Department, Mr. Rupani called for unitedly fighting the challenges of Global Warming and Global Pandemic Coronavirus Covid-19 for striking a balance in the environment. We have to take pledge for pure, healthy and bright environment for the coming generation.

He launched a Rs. 1,072-crore project for Ecosystem Restoration in Gujarat in collaboration with Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) to strengthen the ecosystem in the state’s diverse topography like seacoast, hills, plains and the rann, including preservation and restoration of mangroves, grasslands and forests. There is need for nurture multiple culture for coexistence of flora, fauna, water, air and land.

Mr. Rupani called for sustainable development through pure, healthy and clean environment and increasing green cover. The more we deviate from Nature, there are more disasters like earthquake, excess rainfall and drought, since environment is closely linked with climatic change.

Referring to the devastation caused by the recent Tauktae, he said there is need to plant double the number of tress during Van Mahotsav this year. The government has planned an intensive drive to plant 21 lakh saplings of Tulsi, aloe vera, etc inside homes and offices. While the forest in Gujarat spread over 14,757 sq km covers 11 per cent of the total area, 97 sq km were added during the last two years.

Harping on ancient wisdom of ‘Jeev-thi-Shiv’ and ‘Vyakti-thi-Samasth’, he also called for increasing the Happiness Index.

He said that it would be good if people realised the importance of oxygen during this pandemic coronavirus. The state has disposed of 30-lakh kg of biomedical wastes through incineration since the outbreak of coronavirus.

Mr. Rupani said the state government is setting up 76 sewage treatment plants (STP) at a cost of Rs 1,930-crore and 12 common effluent treatment plants (CETP) for industrial wastes at a cost of Rs. 442-crore.

After success of controlling coaldust in factories under emission trading scheme at Surat, he said it will be extended in other industrial areas also.

Forest Minister Ganpatsinh Vasava, Additional Chief Secretary for Forest and Environment Rajiv Kumar Gupta spoke on the occasion.

Those present included Additional Chief Secretary for Urban Development Mukesh Puri, GPCB Chairman Sanjeev Kumar, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest Dinesh Sharma and Ram Kumar.

Source: Information Department, Gujarat