As J&K is confronted with tremendous pressure on the ecology and environment due to growth of population and haphazard constructions in the state, Chief Minister on Thursday coined a new term to lay a premise for promotion and expansion of industrial sector keeping in view ecological sensitivities: "Greening of industrial policy".
"We have to join hands to formulate a module to reduce this pressure on water bodies, forests, air and environment while chalking out industrial development programme in the state," said Abdullah at the concluding session of 3-day Conference on 'Green Solutions for Sustainable development in J&K' in Srinagar.
Omar said that industrialists and environmentalists should not work as enemies of each other but carve out a policy in a friendly atmosphere to allow growth of industries in total agreement with the environmental requirements as has been done in Canada and other countries. "We should go for such industries as would not damage our ecology and environment", he added.
Calling for harmonizing industrial development with protection and conservation of environment, the Chief Minister called for greening of industrial policy.
"A strategy is needed to encourage industrial growth in consonance with the environment requirements", he said emphasizing on growth of industries without harming and misbalancing State's environment and ecology," said the Chief Minister.
The planners, Abdullah said, have to plan for management of a substantial floating population that stays in the state during tourist seasons and for pilgrimage. "Disposal of wastes, management of water and energy have to be incorporated in the policy," he added.
Urging for a unified approach for repairing the damage already done and to restore the pristine glory, Andullah said: "Our future generation should not ridicule us for not performing our duty of preserving the State's natural wealth God has bestowed upon it in the form of beautiful valleys, sky kissing mountains, fresh water lakes, brooks, springs, streams, lush green forests, unparalleled health resorts and wonderful climate".
Expressing concern over deteriorating condition of Dal Lake, Wullar and other water bodies, the Chief Minister said, "These have been turned into garbage dumps and time is ripe enough for us to realize our responsibility for retrieving the immaculate glory of these water bodies."
Underlining the need for a perspective planning to address environment issues, Abdullah said Chila Kalan (peak winter) passed away without snowing, spring goes without raining, summers are hotter than normal and the month of May is now cooler than March in Kashmir. "These all are disturbing effects of global climate change," he warned.
The Federation Chamber of Industries, Kashmir (FCIK) and IYCN organized the seminar.