Bandipora: The Deputy Commissioner (DC) Bandipora, Dr Owais Ahmad today convened a meeting of all members of District Environment Committee (DEC) to discuss the prepration of District Environment Plan (DEP) in the district.
During the meeting, threadbare discussion was held on action plans already taken or to be taken by the executing agency for implementation of the District Environment Plan for environmental conservation and improving parameters in the district.
The meeting discussed all the action areas taken up by different departments of district including clarification of observations raised by department of Forest, Ecology and Environment regarding revision of the DEP, preparation of revised action plan for restoration of water bodies in district, restoration/creation of ponds/water bodies, enforcement and monitoring guidelines for sand mining, implementation of action Plan for enforcement of E-waste/Solid waste/Biomedical waste / Industrial waste management rules besides Air quality and water quality management plan.
The meeting discussed the identified gaps in the Plan aiming to modify the same in line with the Model District Environment Plan of the Central Pollution Control Board.
The concerned officers/ officials briefed the DC about the progress on action areas pertaining to their departments for implementation of DEP in the district.
After discussing pros and cons of action areas, the DDC urged all stakeholders to identify other parameters affecting the district Environment and said that the action plan shall be as enshrined in the District Environment Plan and aimed at improving overall parameters of environment in the district.
The DDC stressed upon the members to work in coordination so that a viable plan is formulated within stipulated timeframe. He emphasized upon all stakeholders to participate in environmental conservation.
The meeting was attended by all the members of the committee including ADDC Bandipora Afsar Ali, ADC Bandipora Zahoor Ahmad Mir, ACR Reyaz Ahmad Beigh, Joint Director Planning, CMO Bandipora, CEO MC Bandipora and other senior officers of the district.