DFO presents environment friendly module in Mussoorie
the Divisional Forest Officer Mussoorie had few ideas to share but the rich and bold of Mussoorie were not ready to listen to it.DFO is a recipient of prime minister award for conservation.
MUSSOORIE, 11 Jan: In a slide show presentation organised at the Nagar Palika premises, here, the DFO, Mussoorie, AK Bannerjee, put forth an eco-friendly development module for the hill town on a pattern similar to the Dhanaulti eco-park and Nanda Devi Biosphere project. Bannerjee highlighted the fact that the Mussoorie hotels earned a lot of profit and they could dole out some percentage of money for the sustainable and eco friendly- development of the town in association with the Nagar Palika and Forest Department. If the Dhanaulti Eco Park module was followed, all the problems of the town regarding solid waste management would disappear. He said that the eco-development committees would look after the entire project, which consisted of the Nagar Palika, Mussoorie, and other stake holders.
He also said that these ED Committees would manage the cleanliness of the dump yards and collect the fee or tax through the accounts committee of the EDC. He also said that the project would promote nature tourism, forest, wildlife and conservation by conducting its own tours for the tourists in nearby villages, thus helping them also to be a beneficiary of the project. This would help in boosting the economy of the local community and strengthen the participatory management of the forest environment.
The DFO also said that it was indeed very important to think on long term positives of the project rather the short term monetary gains. He warned the citizens of Mussoorie that, if they failed to act now, the town would no longer be popular among the tourists as it would become a big dump yard for the degradable and non degradable waste, thus forcing the tourists to change their holiday destination for elsewhere.
However, the Mussoorie Hotel Association did not agree with the data presented and said that they agreed to the project provided no additional financial burden was put on the tourists.
It seems that the MHA has committed itself to opposing the proposals for sustainable development of Mussoorie for opposition’s sake and is not ready to have a sympathetic look at the proposal presented by the forest department, which could be beneficial for the town in the long run