Environment ministry approves Zonal Master Plan of Bhagirathi Eco-Sensitive Zone
– globalbihari bureau
New Delhi: The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC)has approved the Zonal Master Plan(ZMP), prepared by the Government of Uttarakhand and appraised by the Ministry of Jal Shakti, on 16th July,2020. This was disclosed by Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar during a review meeting of the Chaardhaam Road Project in Uttarakhand via Video Conferencing, here on Friday.
The Bhagirathi Eco-Sensitive Zone notification from Gaumukh to Uttarkashi covering an area of 4179.59 sq. kilometer was issued by the MoEF&CC on December 18, 2012 keeping in view the requirements of the local people without affecting their rights and privileges and also ensuring eco-friendly development for their livelihood security. The notification was subsequently amended on April 16, 2018 in consultation with the Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways, Government of Uttarakhand and Indian Road Congress.
The Bhagirathi Eco-Sensitive Zone notification mandated the State Government of Uttarakhand to prepare ZMP to be implemented under the supervision of the Monitoring Committee.
The ZMP was based on watershed approach and includes governance in the area of forest and wildlife, watershed management, irrigation, energy, tourism, public health and sanitation, road infrastructure, etc.
The approval of ZMP, the ministry stated, will give a boost to conservation and ecology of the area and also to undertake developmental activities as permitted under ZMP, including faster execution of the ChaarDhaam Project.
The review meeting of the Chaardhaam Road Project in the State of Uttarakhand was chaired by Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and MSMEs, Nitin Gadkari. Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Trivendra Singh Rawat, Union Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways Gen (Retd) V K Singh and the State Ministers of Environment & Forest, PWD among others participated in the meeting. Union Secretaries of Road Transport & Highways, Environment and Forests, DG Roads(MoRTH), DG(BRO) and senior officers of the two Ministries and State Government also attended.