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Reddy To Screen-Tight Future Proposals

Reddy To Screen-Tight Future Proposals
Mahendra Reddy Minister for Waterways
August 31
11:44 2018

Business owners and development partners were told yesterday that the Ministry of Waterways and Environment will carry out more intense, detailed scrutiny about project proposals that they receive in future.

Speaking to participants at the ministry’s Business Roundtable discussion at the Grand Pacific Hotel, Minister for Waterways and Environment Mahendra Reddy, said the reason was to protect our natural resources.

“Our resources are subjected to all kinds of changes due to local, regional and global changes in the climate. We need to be very mindful and vigilant about how we deal with our existing stock of resources,” he said.

“There are certain activities that could result in irreversible damage and we will not be able to do much about it that is why we need to be careful in particular about the kinds of developments we undertake.”

He said there were new development technologies, which had far reaching implications on the environment and our natural resources.

He said it was crucial that the ministry engaged business owners and initiate discussions about development requirements in place as per the Environmental Management Act.

“We want to promote developments and investment projects but we also want to ensure that we minimise any negative externalities,” Mr Reddy said.

“We want to ensure that development projects follow the process prescribed in the legislation. Your presence here today demonstrates your commitment to ensuring that your work is undertaken within the confines of the law.

“Everyone must sink in with the notion of sustainable development in that development must ensure that not only the current generation benefit from the development but future generations also.”

He highlighted the recent open dump site fire incident in Lautoka, adding that it has raised a number of questions.

Participants were encouraged to think about the hard questions related to future development plans and provide answers to address them.

Edited by Naisa Koroi



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