Tribune press service
Chandigarh, June 5
Urging people to make Punjab clean, green and pollution-free as part of the revamped “Tandarust Punjab Mission”, Capt Amarinder Singh on Saturday stressed the need to develop synergy among all departments to achieve desired goals for an environment safer and cleaner.
Notably, the Chief Minister virtually launched the reorganized statewide âTandarust Punjab Missionâ to launch a host of development projects worth Rs 115 crore to further capitalize on the success of the first phase of the mission to make the second phase more focused by introducing 10 sub-missions led by separate departments of the state. These sub-missions include healthy food, clean water, green Punjab, road safety, nutrition, waste management, khedo Punjab, healthy soil, clean air and preventive health.
In his address on the occasion of World Environment Day, the Chief Minister hoped that this initiative would lead to better coordination among all stakeholders, viz. The government of Punjab, research institutes, industries, NGOs and the public to ensure a sustainable and environmentally friendly development model.
He called on everyone to preserve nature and natural resources, to make the environment of Punjab pollution-free by making optimal use of groundwater, by diversifying into less water-intensive crops, by not burning rice straw and controlling the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
Showing concern about the pollution of rivers, the CM said the concerted efforts of environmentalists such as Sant Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal and sect leader Namdhari Baba Uday Singh had led to a dramatic improvement in water quality. to Kali Bein and Buddha Nullah, which flow into the Sutlej.