Governor Expresses Worry Over Siachen Ecology
16 December 2004
The Indian Express
Jammu: Governor Lt Gen (Retd) S K Sinha said that the ecology of Siachin had been disturbed due to the mountaineering in the area. The Governor, who was inaugurating a three-day group monitoring-cum- project planning workshop of Technology Intervention for Monitoring Ecosystem (TIME), also said that 1,500 micro-hydel projects would be started in the state to overcome power scarcity in border areas. Sinha also said some 300 projects were being taken up this year, while work would be started on 1,000 others in 2005. ' The successful execution of the projects will act as a force multiplier for the Army,' Sinha said, adding the development of villages was of paramount importance. Sinha also said that there was a ned to harness the benefits of Himalyas and also to also ensure that the ecological balance was not disturbed. 'Due to mountaineering in Siachen, the ecology had been disturbed there,' he said. Sinha also called for promoting cultivation of traditional crops and conserving precious herbs in the Kashmir Valley, which he said had a distinction of possessing rich bio-diversity. The workshop had been sponsored by Department of Science and Technology hosted by Himalayan Environmental Studies and Conservation Organisation (HESSCO) and Vigyanprasth, Gwar Chauki, Uttranchal. Giving an overview of the workshop, Dr Anil P Joshi, a renowned environmental scientist (HESSCO, Dehradun) said that grass-root level organisations with scientific and technological capabilities could provide the crucial links between the new developments in technology and the utilisation of local resources and the skill of artisans. MAjor S Chatterji, Director, Science and Society Division of Department of Science and Technology and Brigadier J L Koul also spoke during the workshop. Chatterji said that in order to reach out to the common masses high level technological intervention schemes should be launched, adding that the efforts of the HESSCO were to bring in a larger number of groups to produce host of products and to promote the local market. He also said that HESSCO would like to have greater presence in Kashmir. Brigadier Koul stressed the need for multiplication and preservation of local germplasm. The speakers also stressed on the need for ensuring sustainable agriculture development and bio-farming, harnessing and conserving renewable energy and promoting the traditional ideas in the villages. During the workshop, the Governor also released the latest issue of TIME, a magazine containing articles on promoting traditional knowledge and wisdom in the light of new sciences and technology.