Jhelum ‘Rejuvenation’ To Kick-Start As Govt Sets Up Penal

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SRINAGAR — The rejuvenation work on the river Jhelum will be kicked off after the government set up a penal to set into motion an action plan for the revival of polluted rivers.

As per an order issued by the state government, the Administration accorded sanction to the constitution of River Rejuvenation Committee for formulation and “execution of action plan for the revival of polluted rivers and stretches.”

According to the order issued by General Administration Department, Administrative Secretary, Forest, Environment & Ecology Department has been appointed as the Chairman of the Committee, while Director Environment Ecology and Remote Sensing J&K, Member Secretary State Pollution Control Board J&K, Director Industries Jammu and Director Urban Local Bodies Kashmir will act as its Members.

The terms of reference of the committee shall be to Prepare Action plan within two months for bringing all the polluted river stretches “to be fit at least for the bathing purpose (i.e. BOD within six months from the date of finalization of Action Plan. The committee shall also monitor the execution of the Action Plan.”

The Committee shall be serviced by the Forest, Environment & Ecology Department, reads the order.

The panel has been constituted in light of the directions of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) regarding rejuvenation of polluted River Stretches.

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