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Foundation Day: Government to chart plan for state’s growth

dehradun Updated: Nov 03, 2017 20:09 IST
Deep Joshi
Deep Joshi
Hindustan Times
Uttarakhand,18th Foundation Day,Trivendra Rawat

Rawat will launch a “comprehensive campaign” to revive Rispana and Kosi rivers in Uttarakhand. (HT FILE PHOTO)

DEHRADUN: The BJP government plans to celebrate Uttarakhand’s 18th Foundation Day falling on November 9 to assess the state’s 17-year journey in terms of progress it made and hurdles it faced, so a plan could be devised for its fast-paced growth.

It also plans to utilise the occasion to send a message of water and ecological conservation. As a “build up” for the main foundation day event chief minister Trivendra Rawat and his team of officials are currently giving final touches two key programmes.

On Sunday, he will inaugurate ‘Raibar’ (message), a seminar to at his camp office in the city’s leafy Cantonment area. It is being organised to assess the state’s journey so that a future course could be chalked out on the basis of its achievements and failures.

A day later, Rawat will launch a “comprehensive campaign” to revive two rivers in the state. One of these are the Rispana or Rishiparna that once flowed through Dehradun but has now reduced to drainage, quite literally. The other is the Kosi, a spring-fed river in Kumaon that originates from a spot near Almora. This water course too reduces to a trickle during summers spelling a recurring water crisis in many parts of Kumaon.

Noted ecologist and Magsaysay Award winner Rajendra Singh, also known as ‘Jalpurush’ or ‘waterman’ will also be present at the inaugural of campaign. Similarly, several experts will be present at the launch of the scheme aimed to revive the river Kosi.

The army’s Ecological Task Force (ETF) has been roped in for revival of the Rispana, an official note reads. On Thursday, the chief minister had a “detailed discussion” on the action plan for revival of the river with the Ecological Task Force authorities.

At the meeting, the CM said the funds needed for the revival of the river would be arranged. “(In that connection), army chief Bipin Chandra Rawat has also assured all possible help and cooperation”, the note quoted him as sharing with the officials present.

“Work of desilting of the river and removing garbage from its bed would start from the day its cleanup campaign will be launched from the spot of its origin”, the CM noted referring to Landhore in Mussoorie.

Officials were also directed to survey the river Rishpana so that assessment could be made for planting of saplings on its catchment.

‘Raibar’, the other key programme, will see the participation of a number of eminent personalities hailing from the mountain state. They include, apart from army chief General Rawat, Railway Board chairman Ashwini Lohni, Bhashkar Khulbe, secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Director General, Indian coastguard, Rajendra Singh, among others. Besides, national and international experts will also participate in the day long seminar.

Experts will hold forth on a whole gamut of issues concerning the state right from tourism to (forced) migration to unemployment and investment to infrastructure to industry, the note read.

The condition of the state at the time of its formation, its present situation besides policies relating to its future would also be discussed at the seminar. “Besides, experts will also put forth their opinions on the state’s journey spanning 17 years, its achievements and failures”, the note reads. “They will also offer their suggestions for ensuring the state’s fast paced growth in future.”

First Published: Nov 03, 2017 20:09 IST