No IPR (PR) 3/2009                                                     Dated Naharlagun Nov 9, 2009

Press Release No- 1172

Bahuguna calls on state Governor

Itanagar, Nov 9: World renowned environmentalist Sunderlal Bahuguna called on the Governor Gen JJ Singh at Raj Bhavan here on Nov 5 last. He was accompanied by Vimla Bahuguna, Kishore Upadhyay, MLA, Convenor, Save Himalaya, Save Water, Save Life Movement, Rajesh Sharma, Treasurer and Rajiv Nath Bahuguna. The hour-long meeting touched on environment issues, initiatives of the state Government and the Raj Bhavan initiatives on value added projects of forest produces, tourism, water harvesting and hydropower and road projects, reports PRO to Governor.

Bahuguna, while appreciating the initiatives and efforts of the Governor towards environment preservation called for his good office in creating more awareness on it and also on plantation programme of selected tree species, which Gen Singh readily agreed to take up with State Environment and Forest minister. Bahuguna further suggested on ropeway instead of roadway as many trees are fell in the process.

Citing that Arunachal Pradesh has 82% forest cover, Gen Singh said disallowing of felling trees even for roads will be a hindrance to the development in the interior and border areas of the State. We cannot be weight along with Haryana, Punjab and Maharashtra, where the forest cover is below 15%. Moreover, we are in the process of increasing our green cover. Where ever there is felling of trees, double the numbers are planted elsewhere clear areas, he pointed.

Later the environmentalist and his entourage toured the Raj Bhavan, appreciated the green cover, the wooden hornbill cottage, organic vegetable garden and the orchidoriums.  

Sd/- Purabi Taikam, PRO

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