Area Master Plan to Boost Tourism, Conservation and Ecology in Shopian: Sachin Kumar Vaishya
The Area Master Plan (ZMP), prepared by the Department of Wildlife was discussed today by District Development Commissioner (DDC) Shopian, Sachin Kumar Vaishya with relevant officers and officials. The Hirpora Eco-Sensitive Zone Notification mandated the district administration to prepare the ZMP for implementation. under the supervision of the Monitoring Committee and added that the same is based on the watershed approach and includes governance in the field of forests and wildlife, watershed management, irrigation, energy , tourism, public health and sanitation, road infrastructure, etc. The SDC said that the ZMP will give a boost to the conservation and ecology of the area and will also pave the way for development activities as the ZMP allows. It will also pave the way for faster project execution. He further added that the district administration has presented a proposal to declare certain kilometers around the wildlife reserve as SEZs. The district magistrate put the draft proposal in the public domain to seek suggestions on but he prohibits the creation of new industries and the expansion of existing polluting industries in the environmentally sensitive area and all mining and crushing units of New and existing mining stones (minerals and major minerals) are prohibited with immediate effect. no new hotel and shopping complex will be allowed within one kilometer of the protected area boundary or up to the extent of the environmentally sensitive area, whichever is closer, with the exception of small temporary structures for activities ecotourism. Additional Deputy Commissioner, Shopian, Mushtaq Ahmed Simnani; Deputy Revenue Commissioner Shahbaz Ahmed Bodha, as well as officers and officials from wildlife, tourism and other relevant departments were present at the meeting.