Steering committee on wetlands reconstituted

  • HT Correspondent, None, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Sep 19, 2014 08:09 IST

The Punjab government has reconstituted the steering committee for the conservation and management of wetlands in Punjab under the chairmanship of the chief secretary.

The state’s principal secretary, science and technology and environment, would be the committee’s vice-chairman, a spokesman here said.

The state is already coordinating with various agencies engaged in revamping the wetland projects, he added.

Punjab is home to three internationally acclaimed wetlands -- Harike, Kanjli and Rupnagar -- besides other areas, including the Keshopur wetland.

Other members of the committee would be the additional secretary, union ministry of environment and forests, a representative of the army, Punjab’s financial commissioner development and the principal secretaries of departments of forests and wildlife and irrigation; chief wildlife warden; chief conservator of soils; executive director of the Punjab State Council for Science and Technology; member secretary of the Punjab Pollution Control Board; member secretary of the Punjab Biodiversity Board; deputy commissioners of Kapurthala, Tarn Taran, Ferozepur, Rupnagar and Pathankot; the Khadoor Sahib MP; Guru Nanak Dev University vice-chancellor, a representative of the Zoological Survey of India, Dehradun; and environmentalist Balbir Singh Seechewal.

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