IMPHAL | Jun 17: The chief minister of Manipur, N. Biren Singh met with the union minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Prakash Javedkar today and apprised him of the various activities being taken up by the state government for conservation and protection of forests and environment.
The chief minister requested for Central assistance under the National River Conservation Plan for rejuvenation and conservation of nine river stretches, as identified by the Central Pollution Control Board, which includes the Nambul River, Imphal River, Manipur River and Thoubal River, amongst others, said a release issued by secretary to chief minister.
He also stressed upon the need for rejuvenation and revival of springs in catchment areas of major rivers through recharging of underground water, it said. He drew attention to the drying up of major streams, major rivers and spring heads in catchments of major rivers, as well as the acute water scarcity at hill districts and hill stations, it said. N. Biren also drew attention to the need for conservation of various wetlands which are being considered for notification as Wetlands of State Importance, it added.
He further highlighted the need for augmenting the State Botanical Garden at Khonghampat, Jiribam Biodiversity Park, and various other eco-parks, it stated adding he also mooted development of eco-tourism and eco-museum at Shirui Hill Range on pilot basis.
The chief minister also drew attention to the lack of training infrastructure for training of frontline staff of the Forest department and sought assistance for setting up well-equipped training institutes, it said. The union minister acknowledged the issues raised by the CM and assured that these concerns will be looked into, it added.