Chattlam Wetland to be developed as eco-tourism spot

Minister of State for Forest, Ecology, Environment Mir Zahoor Ahmad in a meeting

Minister of State for Forest, Ecology, Environment, Animal & Sheep Husbandry, Cooperative and Fisheries Mir Zahoor Ahmad today said that wetland at Chatlam Pampore would be developed as  an  eco-tourism spot adding that  adequate steps will be taken to tap the potential of the area.

This was stated by the Minister while reviewing the status of several wetlands in the State besides functioning of Wildlife department at a  meeting held here today.

The Minister directed the concerned authorities of Wildlife Department to formulate a Comprehensive Project Report (DPR) for developing the Wetland Chattlam as eco-tourism spot.

Threadbare discussions were held on various issues including release of compensation in man-animal conflict cases, anti-poaching duties and staff strength.

It was informed in the meeting that under State Plan, the department has incurred Rs.2.04 crore during 2015-16 on different works including  improvement of  Wildlife habitat , monitoring, development of infrastructure, maintenance of Zoological Parks, Wetlands Management, Anti Poaching duties, handling of man  animal conflicts, publicity and awareness programmes .Under Centrally Sponsored schemes Integrated Development of Wildlife Wetlands and Conservation and Management of Wetlands Rs.4.26 crore have been spent on different works during  the last fiscal.

It was informed in the meeting that under Compensatory Afforestation Management Planning Authority (CAMPA), Rs 4.17 crore have been incurred   while the department has realized revenue of Rs 10 during during 2015-16.

Addressing the meeting, the Minister stressed for taking concerted measures to minimize man-animal conflicts. He also directed them to educate people about the programmes of the department.

The Minister directed for removing encroachment of wetlands  to  ensure their conservation and protection .  He also called for taking up fruit plantation on open land of the department.

Earlier, Chief Wildlife Warden Deepak Khana and Chief Conservator of Forests, Wildlife Jammu A. K. Gupta briefed the meeting about the activities of the Wildlife department.

The meeting was attended by the Wildlife Warden Wetland, Regional Wildlife Warden and other Wildlife Wardens of Jammu division.