Madav Gadgil Committee report on the Western Ghats Criticized by Kerala

Published on: 03 Dec, 2012
Published under: General Kerala News, Politics News Kerala

1 Dec 2012

Kerala has raised serious objections to the Madav Gadgil Committee report on the Western Ghats conservation, arguing that many of its recommendations would adversely affect the state’s interests. This was made clear by the UDF Government in its response to the Gadgil report, drawn up by an expert committee and approved by the cabinet earlier this week. Apart from its adverse fallout on the farm sector in the state, the suggestions would seriously affect electricity generation of the state, which mainly depends on hydel sources, the state’s response release here today said.

Questioning the basic approach of the panel towards Kerala, the state complained that the recommendations did not take into account the fact that the state had for long been categorized into three geographical zones–highland, midland and coastal area. The report also did not recognize such state-specific issues as its peculiar land utilization, population pressures and socio-economic factors, it said.

Apart from its recommendations that would hit the state, the panel did not make concrete proposals on offsetting liabilities to be suffered by the state while implementing the recommendations, it added.


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