NE states pledge to protect their green cover

SHILLONG: DONER Secretary Naveen Verma on Friday proposed a green industrial corridor for the region.

“I would propose a green industrial corridor, which works as the backbone of the broad gauge rail network which includes riverbanks and roadside grass verges,” he said.

Verma was speaking at the closing ceremony of the third edition of the four-day Northeast Green Summit 2018 held at the State Convention Centre in Shillong, Meghalaya.

“Food, wildlife, handloom sector and the like are the areas which we are constantly trying to promote and I am honored to be present in the Summit which is striving to protect the green covers of the region,” he added.

He also stressed nature-based infrastructure that one should delve into.

Tathagata Roy, Governor of Meghalaya, graced the Summit as the Chief Guest while Jishnu Debbarma, Deputy Chief Minister, Tripura, and Hamleston Dohling, Minister of Urban Affairs, Meghalaya attended as the Guests of Honour.

“I have had a connection with the Northeast almost since my birth and particularly in Shillong town as I have spent my childhood here,” said Roy.

“By profession, I happen to be a construction man but at the same time, I also happen to be a nature lover. I am sorry to say that in front of my eyes, this town is getting populated beyond its capacity, the traffic is increasing and the picturesque places are getting congested,” added Roy.

Roy further shared his thoughts on pollution and drew examples from abroad on how to tackle them.

On the other hand, Jishnu Debbarma, Deputy Chief Minister, Tripura said, “Development should be sustainable and environmental concerns have to have adhered which is what the Summit is making people aware of.”

The four-day Summit saw a huge footfall from all the eight North-Eastern states and other parts of India, which had ministers from Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh as well as policymakers,  academicians, scientists, NGOs, activists, grassroots level workers, youths and students who pledged to protect their green covers and unique cultures in a more proactive way.

The event was jointly organized by Meghalaya State Pollution Control Board, Meghalaya Forest, Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development (IBSD), and Vibgyor Media Solutions, Guwahati.

One of the key highlights of the Summit was the presence of several poachers-turned-conservators from the Manas National Park.

Many youths who were present during the Summit have pledged to become green warriors.

A student from Assam, posing a question to Kampa Borgoyary, Deputy Chief, Bodoland Territorial Council asked, “What can I do so that people also know about Manas National Park beside Kaziranga which stands out?”

“Engage with local NGOs, participate in programs there and act at the grass-root level is what should be done,” Borgoyary replied.

One student from Manipur was so enthused that she decided to promote nature-based tourism in the northeast as a career option.

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