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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Uttarakhand to boost walnut production

Dehradun, January 20
In order to increase walnut production, Chief Minister Harish Rawat has directed the officials concerned to implement the walnut panchayat yojna in the state.
He chaired a meeting with the officials here yesterday.
The cluster-oriented scheme will be initiated at the panchayat-level for individuals and groups, separately. Two nurseries will be developed soon at Garhwal and Kumaon regions.
The ambitious scheme proposed by the Chief Minister will be implemented under the national horticulture mission and a sub-mission will be introduced for the success of the scheme.
The Chief Minister directed the officials to form a walnut development board for promoting walnut production in the state.
He said the scheme would be taken up with zeal, so that farmers were able to earn their livelihood. The farmers would also be provided with high quality saplings of the dry fruit from Jammu and Kashmir and outside the country.
He said the farmers interested in the scheme would also be given financial assistance as part of the promotion of the scheme. He also assured that the state government would link the dry fruit growers with the agriculture markets under the scheme.
Horticulture Secretary Nidhi Pandey said around 8 clusters in Almora, one in Bageshwar,12 in Dehradun, one in Tehri, 3 in Paudi, one in Rudraprayag and 15 in Uttarkashi had been identified for the promotion of the dry fruit production in the state.

CM raises assets’ division issue pending between UP, state

Dehradun, January 20
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat raised several important issues related with the state during his interaction Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at the central zone chief ministers’ conference held at Lucknow on Monday. Chief Minister Harish Rawat during the meeting raised the issue of division of liabilities and assets pending between Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand and to sign the MOU of Jamrani Dam at the earliest.
CM Harish Rawat requested the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to release Rs 50 crore for police modernisation, Rs 150 crore for modernisation of prisons and a sum of Rs 2000 crore as Green Bonus to Uttarakhand. He said that despite the Reorganisation Act, the liabilities and assets have not been divided between Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. The issue of division of assets of irrigation department includes 88 canals, 6 dams/ barrages, 13813.433 hectare land, 4027 residential buildings and 357 non-residential buildings.
He said that during a meeting with the Union Government it was decided that the 41 canals which are completely in the geographical boundary of Uttarakhand must be transferred to the state but this has not been implemented till date. Similarly, transfer of 6 dams/ water bodies in Uttarakhand are yet to be transferred to the state. He said that most of these assets are in relation to Haridwar district and it would be beneficial if these are transferred to the state before Ardh Kumbh Fair to be held in January 2016.
Harish Rawat said that the National Ganga Basin Authority has but a ban on several important hydel projects such as Pala Maneri Project, Bhairaghati Project and Lohari Naag Paala project. Besides this, Nand Prayag Langasu, Tamaklata, Bavla Nand Prayag, Kotli Bhel 1 and 2 and other important projects are pending since they have not received an NOC by the Environment and Forest Ministry. The loss incurred by the state government due to this is Rs 1650 crore which must be compensated by the Central Government.
The Environment and Forest Ministry had declared Bhagirathi Watershed area of 4179.59 sq km as environmentally sensitive zone. Before releasing this notice, the locals and the state government were not taken into confidence. According to the prior notification, 40 km area was declared as sensitive zone, but when the final notification was prepared, the area was increased hundred times. He alleged that the one-sided decision was against the norms and has increased problems for the locals. He demanded that decision must be withdrawn and rectified.
He added that the ban on 25 MW hydel project must be withdrawn and such one-sided decisions should not be taken. The CM said that the state government had sent a project file to approve Rs 55 crore for preparations of the upcoming Ardh Kumbh fair to strengthen security and other arrangements which should be approved at the earliest. The state government also awaits sanction of Rs 158.08 crore for construction of prisons and strengthening of security system in the present jails.
The CM appealed to the union minister to grant maximum money as Green Bonus. The CM said that ‘’our state shares its boundaries with two countries. Even the Railways of the state are not developed. It has a length of 345 km. There is a need to develop the route of Rishikesh- Karnaprayag, Tanakpur- Bageshwar and Bageshwar- Karnaprayag. The Uttarakhand railways must also receive financial aid from the Centre.’’
The state government has appealed the Centre to give a budget to the state government to develop disaster-affected villages on the lines of smart villages. This will also resolve migration issues.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

New tourist circuit at Rajaji Park

Dehradun, January 14
With rise in number of tourists at Rajaji National Park in recent years, authorities have created a tourist circuit that will be thrown open for visitors from Saturday.
The track encompasses a stretch of Shivalik hills. According to Rajaji Park sources, the track has been used by the park authorities for long distance patrolling, but had been discontinued some time back. 

Rajaji National Park

The picturesque landscape of the Rajaji parkland of the city is distinct for its made diverseness. The parkland of city occupies a section of 820 sq. kilometers on the foothills of Shiwalik ranges of the good range of mountains.
The park has been created in 1983 by amalgamation of three sanctuaries- Rajaji sanctuary(estd. 1948) Motichur sanctuary (estd. 1964) and Chilla sanctuary(estd. 1977) after the name of renowned statesman and freedom fighter Sri C. Rajgopalachariya - The first and last Governor General of independent India popularly known as "Rajaji". The park is spread over an area of 820.42 sq. km. in three Districts- Dehradun, Haridwar & Pauri Garhwal of Uttaranchal State, India.

The Park has got the largest area representing Shiwalik Eco-system. The Shivalik trail is 10 million year old and very rich in fossils. It's fossils faunal remains include about 50 species of elephant, one of them is present today.
The majestic Ganges flows through the National Park for a distance of 24km, besides the innumerable streams and brooks making it rich and diverse. It offers ample opportunities to nature lovers to enjoy the captivating landscape and wildlife.

Rajaji is thickly foliated predominantly by the Rajaji is thickly foliated predominantly by the Sal Forest and a number of other forest types which include the Western Gangetic Moist and Northern dry Deciduous and Khair-Sissoo forests. Low Alluvial Savannah Woodlands cover the drier southern margins of the park, in contrast to the Shiwalik Chir-Pine on the high reaches of the hills.

The park is home to the Tiger, Leopard, Himalayan Bear, Cheetal, hog deer, barking deer, Sambar deer, wild boar, antelopes such as the Nilgai, Goral , Jackal, Hyena, Jungle Cat, Leopard Cat, Civets, Himalayan Yellow-Throated Marten, Sloth Bears, Pythons, King Cobra, Common Krait, Indian Cobra and the Monitor Lizard and above All the Asian Elephant.
Rajaji parkland in Dun is thickly foliated by the Sal forest, the Western Gangetic damp and northern dry deciduous and Khair-Sissoo forests.
  • Indian catarrhine.
  • Barking cervid.
  • Rhesus Old World monkey.
  • The goat-like goat antelope.
  • Indian hare.
  • Indian gnawing animal.
  • Wild boar.
  • Tiger.
  • Pythons.
The Rajaji parkland in Dehradun shelters quite four hundred species of birds such as:
  • The Great multicolour coraciiform bird.
  • Fire caudate Sunbird.
  • Greater scaup duck.
  • White-naped peckerwood.
  • Great coraciiform bird.
  • Black-bellied larid.
  • Pallas’s fish hawk.
  • Himalayan multicolour coraciiform bird.
  • Snowy-browed Flycatcher.
  • Yellow-billed Blue Magpie.
  • Rusty-flanked Tree creeper.
  • Woodpeckers.
  • Pale-footed Bush Warbler.
  • Northern hawk.
  • Black-necked wading bird.
  • Scaly Thrush.
  • Reed Bunting.
  • Barbets Fowls.
  • Pheasants.
  • Raptors.
  • Orioles.
Rajaji parkland in Dehradun offer a chance to the guests and wild life lovers to observe the elephants roaming majestically within the jungle or perhaps a tiger choosing its approach through the tall grass from way. The Rajaji parkland could be a home to twenty three species of mammals.
The Ganga adjacent to Rajaji parkland at Dehradun homes varied species of fish like:
  • Mahesheer.
  • Kalabanse.
  • Goonch.
  • Chilwa.
  • Trout.
Contact Details:
Rajaji parkland
5/1, Ansari Marg
Contact No: 0135-2621669 / 2744225
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Dehradun and Area Car rally on Feb 22

Dehradun  - A state-level navigation car rally will be organised on February 22. A decision to hold the car rally was taken by the Uttaranchal Moto Sports Club (UMSC) at a meeting held here today.

Yogesh Agarwal, spokesperson of the UMSC, said the car rally would be organised in the 150-km area of Dehradun and nearby places. The club has sought permission from the district magistrate and the Army headquarters. The club is hoping that besides local participants, drivers from other states would join the rally.
Hitendra Saksena, Sandeep Rai, Daksh Raja, Alok Goyal and Vijay Bisht were also present during the meeting.

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