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Conservation of Chure area becomes daunting task due to human encroachment

KATHMANDU: Excessive deforestation and human’s encroachment on Chure area among others were deteriorating the Chure environment in an alarming rate. Excessive exploitation of natural resources has also made the land in some areas in the Chure fragile. Likewise, the drying water resources are emerging as a cause for concern.
Experts have underscored the need to seek alternative ideas of water supply given the drying up of the water resources which could affect as many as 6 million people residing in the Chure area that spans 12.8 percent of the country.
At a programme organized here to evaluate the President Chure Area Conservation Programme on Friday, the researchers who were assigned to study the challenges and solutions of the Chure area, concluded that Chure area was being encroached by human, and deforestation was rampant.
As the water resources began drying up, people residing in Chure area reel under drinking water shortage, especially during the winter.
The water level is receding in a staggering rate.
Researcher Prof Dr Santosh Rayamajhi suggested that tree plantation and construction of reservoir could be a huge relief to the wild animals in the Chure region. Time has come to ban the use of dozers in the development activities in this region, he stressed.
Similarly, another researcher Prof Dr Kabiraj Poudel viewed that illegal excavation should come to an end, and thorough study was essential for development and conservation of the Chure region.
On the occasion, Chairman of the President Chure Tarai/Madhes Conservation Development Committee, Birendra Yadav, viewed that in-depth guiding principles was needed for the Chure conservation. Therefore, academic assistance was sought.
Secretary at Ministry of Forest and Environment, Dr Bishwonath Oli, informed that conservation of Chure region was given priority in the environment and climate act. Cooperation from multiple sectors was required to correct past mistakes and make new headway regarding the Chure region, according to him.
Others speaking on the occasion underscored the need to make special initiatives to protect Tarai region from the desertification.
The report states that the dust produced in course of road expansion, repair and black-topping works, dismantling and installing the electric poles and telephone cables, construction of drains, and laying of water supply pipes being carried out in Kathmandu Valley are the causes of air pollution in the Valley.
NHRC member Sudip Pathak said that the human right of a person to live in clean environment has been infringed upon due to the negligence by the construction companies and projects and the maximum damage caused to the environment in course of construction of physical infrastructures.
It states that the entry of smoke and dust from Chovar and Thankot after 12 noon was also posing challenge in controlling air pollution.
Similarly, the report states that some 21 glacial lakes are at risk of outburst due to the climate change impact.
It mentions that cement industries – Sonapur Cement, Arghakhanchi Cement and Ghorahi Cement – have also contributed to air pollution.
On the occasion, NHRC Acting Chair Osti said environmental pollution has increased also due to the leniency in implementing the existing laws on pollution control.
Environment Bill-2075 BS was also shared and presented in the programme. Presenting the bill, NHRC section officer Baram said the bill has many good provisions and was useful in pollution control.
President of the Agriculture, Cooperatives and Natural Resources Committee of House of Representatives, Purna Kumari Subedi, said preparations are being made to finalize the bill by making it more environment-friendly.
Director General of the Department of Transport Management, Kumar Prasad Dahal said the department will bring electric vehicles to replace the old vehicles for reducing air pollution.

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