Beas river, the lifeline and a major tourist attraction of Kullu, will see a facelift very soon as Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change with help of Himalayan Forest Research Institute is working on rejuvenation and conservation of this beautiful and holy river.
Hundreds of crores rupees would be spent for the rejuvenation of all the major river basins of Himachal on the lines of Namami Gange Project – National Mission for Clean Ganga.
On the call of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to preserve the river basins, a detailed project report (DPR) for rejuvenation, conservation and development of Beas river basin would be prepared shortly. The Himalayan Forest Research Institute (HFRI), the nodal agency for the project in Himachal, has started to complete all the formalities for the purpose. In its first step, the department of forest has been made a nodal department for preparation of DPR.
A meeting was held at the office of forest department (wildlife wing), Kullu, where officials from different departments and municipal council took part. Similar meetings will held in other districts as well.
Conservator of forest, Anil Sharma, said involvement of all the departments, civic bodies and local residents would be ensured to prepare a perfect DPR. “We shall include all aspects of conservation of forest, water, flood control, plantation, agriculture, horticulture, livelihood of locals and overall development in the DPR. The project report should be based on local circumstances and should meet expectations of residents,” he said.
Project coordinator Dr Vineet Jishtu said HFRI has been made nodal agency to prepare DPR for five main rivers of Himachal where forest department will work as nodal department. He adds, “These are not just rivers carrying the water. A whole civilization is dependent on a river. We expect valuable suggestions from maximum people for proper development of the river basins. The suggestions would be sought from departments and residents of all the districts from where rivers pass.”