Odisha Sun Times Bureau
New Delhi, May 29:
Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today met Shigeru Aoyagi, Country Head of UNESCO, here and discussed regarding development of Odisha’s Chilika lake and enlist it as world heritage site.
Pradhan stressed upon a holistic view on conservation and protection of Chilika lake and the ecosystem associated with it.
He said that special focus should be given towards improvement of livelihood of people associated with the lake.
He also advised ONGC to associate local partners in implementation of various projects meant for development of the water body.
The Minister assured that he will seek support of Government of Odisha, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and Ministry of Culture in the context of nomination and selection of Chilika Lake as an UNESCO world heritage site.
Notably, ONGC in partnership with UNESCO has developed long term and short term plans for conservation of Chilika lake with protection of the animals and birds, improving livelihood of fishing community, tourist guides and local population.