By OUR STAFF REPORTER
DEHRADUN, 5 Jul: Forest Research Institute organised a one- day ‘First Consultation Meeting of Uttarakhand on DPR Preparation for Rejuvenation of Yamuna River through Forestry Interventions’ for the State, today, at its Convocation Hall, here. The meeting was organised under the project sanctioned by ICFRE and MoEFCC. Experts from IITs, National Institute of Hydrology, Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Soil Conservation, State Forest Department of Uttarakhand, Pollution Control Board and NGOs participated in the meeting and deliberated on the project formulation and implementation, and identified the opportunities and constraints to make the Yamuna clean. At the outset, Dr Dinesh Kumar, Scientist G & Project Coordinator, welcomed the dignitaries and stakeholders. He briefed them on the project. AS Rawat, Director, FRI, provided participants details about efforts to be made to make the Yamuna clean. He also mentioned the various polluting activities along the river. SD Sharma, DDG (Research), ICFRE, said that his organisation had been assigned the task of rejuvenating 9 major rivers of India by using new technologies. He said that the DPR of Yamuna Rejuvenation through Forestry Interventions would be prepared by March 2020. Monish Mullick, MD, Uttarakhand Forest Development Corporation, mentioned the details of forestry intervention for the Yamuna. Various experts expressed their views on cleaning the Yamuna in three technical sessions – Experiences from Ganga Cleaning Efforts and Future Possibilities, Forestry Interventions, Community Participation Models, Stakeholder Consultation, Technology Usage and Criteria Identification of GIS layers and panel discussion.