Chandigarh, August 4, 2021 (Yes Punjab News)
Representatives of Public Action Committee Mattewara Forests & Sutlej Dr Amandeep Singh Bains, Jaskirat Singh and Er. Kapil Arora Wednesday met Sukhbir Singh Sarkaria, the Cabinet Minister of Rivers, Mining, Housing and Urban Development.
The meeting was organised by MLA Pargat Singh regarding issue of proposed Industrial Park on the flood plains of River Satluj adjoining Mattewara Protected Forest.
Pargat Singh had visited the site of proposed industrial park a few days back. In the meeting he strongly stated that such a project at this location will be damaging to the ecology of Punjab which needs to be protected at all costs.
Minister Sarkaria agreed that industry can be located anywhere and such eco sensitive location is most suitable for an eco friendly eco tourism project rather than normal industry.
Er. Jaskirat Singh & Er. Kapil Arora informed that Ludhiana is a critically polluted region and Sutlej is facing major problem of pollution due existing industries in Punjab and with setting up of such Industrial Park, this situation will deteriorate further. As Sutlej is a drinking water source of millions it must be protected.
Dr Amandep Bains informed that since tourism industry in Punjab is not getting proper exposure, besides permitting the existing local formers to continue with agricultural activities, such area should be used for eco-tourism development as well as to protect biodiversity along River Satluj.
After hearing the submission, the cabinet minister said that he was totally convinced with submission and he will write to CM Capt Amarinder Singh and CS Vini Mahajan that eco friendly project only should be planned at this location.
He said with Industry can be developed at any place but this location is better for tourism as Punjab has its own millions of Punjabis living overseas who regularly visit Punjab and with such development, not only Hotel Industry in Punjab will get boost but it will help to increase self-employment as well as employment for local residents.
Sarkaria further assured that a letter regarding dropping the project of Industry and proposal for establishing the area into ecotourism would be sent to Chief Minister and Chief Secretary for necessary action.
After the meeting, PAC team met Pargat Singh and thanked him for such selfless support which is going to save the environment of Punjab.
MLA Pargat Singh again assured that he would continue to support such noble cause and would not leave any stone unturned for this cause of future of Punjab.