Biogas from Dal Weeds

Appreciating the efforts of FCIK and IYCN, Chief Minister Omar Abdullah suggested generating biogas from weeds of Dal and other lakes to manage energy requirements of an energy-deficit state, reports Aliya Bashir.
Calling for industrial promotion in an eco-friendly manner, Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah said that the time is ripe for sustainable development in J&K for a twin role of greening the industries and increasing employment through continuous economic growth.
“We need to broaden our vision as we can’t stretch economy and policy for a long. For development we have to think beyond short-term solutions if we have to eliminate long term damage,” he said.
Omar presided over the valedictory session of the three-day exercise that was dedicated to sustainable development of the state. Members of all the five preceding sessions including ministers and experts made their recommendations to this session.
Chief Minister said that for industrial boost there is dire need to harness other alternative sources of energy which can have minimum environmental hazards.
“We are working hard to utilize non-conventional sources of energy for overall development of the state. For more energy efficiency, we should try to utilize biogas generation with usage of weeds in Dal, other water bodies and production of bio-fertilizers for addressing local power needs”, Omar said.
Stressing on the need to have some innovative technologies which can minimize the industrial pollution, Omar emphasized that there has been tremendous pressure on the ecology and environment in the state due to the increasing population and disorganized constructions.
“Whatever resources we have available at present they are under pressure. We have to manage it with a module so that we can protect and preserve our green assets for future generations,” he maintained.
While appreciating all the topics of different sessions, Omar said that the joint venture by FCIK and IYCN highlights their concern to save the pristine glory of Kashmir, instead of regular conferencing on Industrial trade, incentives and tax relaxation.
“I appreciate all the efforts put together by different industrialists and environmentalists to work out for possible solutions to these burning issues”, he said. “We are looking forward for such regular interaction with the concerned authorities where all problems were discussed thread-bare for the eco-friendly industrial development of the state”.
The Chief Minister emphasized on the need to have a good liaison with the international community to find out a comprehensive planning to address different environmental issues against the challenges of  climatic change.
“Our students and experts from both environment and industry from the state should voice these concerns in the international conferences. The disturbing effects of global climate change are quite apparent from the changing pattern of weather in the state,” he said.
Surjit Singh Salathia, Minster for Industries and Commerce, said economic growth and pollution free environment should go hand-in-hand for the industrial development in the State. “These kind of events can play a major role in our journey of growth. Every recommendation needs to be looked upon for the benefits of the state and implemented accordingly for the pollution free industrialization.
Mehmood-ur- Rehman, Chairman Finance Commission, said that the effort for promotion of green industries should be widely accepted and promoted for the safeguard of the state. The industrial growth and environment needs to blend and revived which had received a major setback during the last two decades of conflict.
“Instead of ruing over the past, new employment packages of good consequences are in need and at the same time we have to learn lessons from the past.
Stressing on sincere efforts for heritage preservation of Kashmir, he said earlier valley would be the biggest producer of saffron in the world, even more than Iran which is not a case anymore. “The climate is same, but the intrusions are different. Kashmir would produce 30-40 tons of saffron in 1960s, now it is reduced to six tons only.
Saffron production of Iran had increased from 30 tons to over 140 tons, Rehman said. “This shows our apathy towards heritage preservation,” he said.
Jaleel Ahmad Khan, Economic advisor to J&K government, said that keeping in view the fragile ecology of the state, the balance between eco-tourism and sustainable tourism need to be understood. “If we really want that the flow of tourism in Kashmir should increase then we have to ensure the protection of bio-diversity,” he said.
About different recommendations for the possible solutions of J&K, he said that it is high time when the government should act very fast and start working in the most possible means.
“We are trying every effort to evacuate buildings, hotels, public properties and other industrial estates from troopers for the revamp of industrial development,” Jaleel said. “To minimize the environmental degradation, we have constituted waste treatment plants at Lassipora and Khonmoh. We are still in the process of identifying at other industries.”


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