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Dharmendra apprises CM of UNESCO, ONGC efforts to develop Chilika Lake




 Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan today apprised Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik about the joint initiatives of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) to develop Chilika Lake as World Heritage site and preserve the eco-system around it.

In a letter to Patnaik, Pradhan sought his support and guidance in this regard. “I am writing you for soliciting your support in taking up various development works in the area”, he stated. “UNESCO in association with ONGC is planning to support the development of Chilika Lake as UNESCO World Heritage site and enhance the value of Chilika to become a brand conservation linked sustainable development in the State”, the letter read.

Pradhan further informed that he had met UNESCO director Shigeru Aoyagi on May 29 and discussed the programmes to conserve and develop the country’s largest coastal lagoon. U

Besides, ONGC and UNESCO are also planning long term and short term measures for protection of animals and birds, improving livelihood of fishing community, tourist guides etc in the lake area, he stated. UNESCO has also proposed to set up a world class conservation centre with climate change observatory with state-of-art data and monitoring facilities, the minister informed.






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From asking his party men to ‘live a simple life and serve the people’ to taunting the BJP for its ‘crocodile tears’, Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik has not only become politically invincible, he seems to be so in the coming years too.

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