Dehradun, 29 june Environment is linked to both our lives and development, said Shri Harak Singh Rawat, Hon’ble Minister, Environment & Solid Waste Management, Government of Uttarakhand while speaking as Chief Guest at the Inaugural session of 8th Environment Summit at Dehradun today. The Summit was jointly organized by CII & UCOST. He added that the old Indian tradition of planting and protecting trees is very important in the context of Environment. Elaborating on the contribution of Uttarakhand towards environment, he said that the state offers eco-system services to the country, which are valued at Rs 13,000 crores.
Responding to the industry suggestions on waste management, Hon’ble Minister said that he appreciated the challenges faced by the industry, and assured that the State Government would work towards finding solutions.
Dr Rajendra Dobhal, Director General, Uttarakhand State Council for Science and Technology (UCOST), while delivering his theme address, said that modern technology makes a balance between environment sustainability and growth & development possible. He suggested that the state government should appoint a senior nodal officer, to work jointly with industry, in addressing various issues related to environment. This is he said was necessary as the subject of environmental compliances involved interfacing with multiple agencies. Dr Dobhal also emphasized on the importance of inducting Science & Technology in trouble shooting of industrial problems.
While delivering the opening remarks Mr Vikas Garg, Chairman CII Uttarakhand State Council shared that CII has been working across the country with diverse stakeholders on Sustainability issues through its Centers of Excellence. Speaking on waste management, Mr Garg emphasized on the importance of city/cluster level STPs and CETPs, to which the industry and households can be connected, as is the model worldwide. To operationalize this in an effective manner he suggested optimum and efficient use of the existing facilities and also capacity augmentation keeping in mind the future needs of the industry and the growing urban population.
While proposing a Vote of Thanks, Dr Vijay Dhasmana, Vice Chairman, CII Uttarakhand State Council, reiterated CII’s commitment to aggressively take forward the agenda of Environmental Sustainability in the State.
The Summit focused on three key themes: Clean Ganga Mission: Role of Industry; Sustainable Urbanization: Creating Smart Cities; Environmental Sustainability- Regulation & Best Practices. Experts from government agencies & industry shared their knowledge, expertise and best practices on environmental sustainability in the context of urbanization and industrialization. The session received an enthusiastic response with more than 75 participants from industry, state government, institutions, ngos and media.