Environment friendly industry to get priority: Altaf
JAMMU, Feb 14: The Minister for Forests and Environment Mian Altaf Ahmed today said that the Government will
not compromise on the environment for the developmental activities and instead focus on sustainable development
of the State.
Speaking at the inauguration of newly constructed District Pollution Control Board Office-cum-Laboratory building at
Samba, the Minister asked the environment watch dog agencies to take all environmental issues in consideration,
while clearing the development and manufacturing projects. He said that the development, including industrialization
was imperative for the economic growth but it cannot be made at the expenses of the environment which is basic for
the survival of the human beings.
The Minister assured that the investors, including multinational companies coming for establishment of their units
will be facilitated provided they adhere to the set norms for the environmental protection. He stressed on the need to
opt for environmental friendly industry and said that clean and green environment of the State is a booster for
tourism industry which also supports a large population of the State.
The district Pollution Control Board office has been completed at a cost of ` 23.36 lakh which has a full-fledged
laboratory and an air monitoring station atop. The Minister also released pamphlets containing environment
awareness messages for the distribution among the industrial units, local traders and general public.
Asking the pollution control authorities to work dedicatedly for the protection of the environment, he asked them to
make their offices fully equipped with the environmental monitoring devices so that the norms are implemented
Commissioner/Secretary Forest Shantmunu, Chairman, Pollution Control Board (PCB), Lal Chand, District
Development Commissioner, Samba Mubarak Singh, Secretary PCB Arun Tikoo and Regional Director PCB
Showkat Choudhary were also present on the occasion.