Report of the high level working group on Western Ghats (Kasturirangan Western Ghats Report) The member Working Group is headed by Dr. K Kasturirangan bestthing.info · HLWG-Report-Partpdf. Volume II of the Report of High Level Working Group contains Appendix At the outset, Dr. K. Kasturirangan, Chairman of the High Level. REPORT OF THE HIGH LEVEL WORKING GROUP ON WESTERN GHATS Volume I Ministry of Environment and Forests Government of India 15 April .

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PDF | The bitter opposition in Kerala to the Gadgil and Kasturirangan reports on the conservation of the Western Ghats was a result of information asymmetries. The Gadgil or Western Ghats Ecological Expert Panel (WGEEP) report did not find Subsequent to submission of Kasturirangan report, Kerala government has . proceedings in the house, seeking a debate on the Kasturirangan committee report on Western Ghats conservation forcing the speaker to.

In Thamarassery, an angry mob gheraoed the district superintendent of police SP and deputy SP and set ablaze a police jeep. They also attacked the vehicles of some Malayalam TV channels and damaged the cameras.

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Several people and 20 police persons were injured during the clash. The police fired bullets into the air to disperse the mob and have registered cases.

More than 60 eco-sensitive villages fall in these districts. The Left is going ahead with agitations despite assurances from Chief Minister Oommen Chandy that nobody will be evicted from upland areas. The chief minister had also appealed the Left not to spread unnecessary fears and withdraw the agitations, saying that the Union minister of state for environment and forests, Jayanthi Natarajan, had assured that the Centre would consider the concerns raised by all the states.

Earlier on October 21, LDF had boycotted the all-party meeting convened by the chief minister to discuss how the Kasturirangan Committee report would affect the state. The Kerala government had appointed a three-member committee to study the impact of the report. The power is vested with the bureaucrats and forest officials and not with gram sabhas.

Under this report, the mining and quarrying lobbies are expected to flourish. When these lobbies and tourism flourish, it will be disastrous for the environment. There will be a water shortage, there will be pollution. Finally, farmers will have to quit the area.

They will not be able to do farming there. Kasturirangan report included ecologically non-sensitive areas under ESA, and left out many ecologically sensitive areas! Comparison of Gadgil Report and Kasturirangan Report Whenever we study environment, the evergreen topic of debate is between environment and development. It is tough to achieve a perfect balance. The same happened with both these reports. If Gadgil report laid too much importance to the environment, Kasturirangan report was biased towards development.

Kasturi Rangan report was criticized by many as that it provided loopholes for mining, which if allowed would turn detrimental to the environment, in long-term will affect development too.

Kasturirangan report got the tag as anti-environmental soon after its release. But this report was tagged anti-development too by many who fear that their livelihood and interests will be affected.

He prescribed that the existing sanctuaries and ESZ-1 would together cover 60 percent of this landscape.

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The 25 percent lowest priority areas would be marked as ESZ-3 to allow all developmental activities with precautions. The remaining 15 percent area would become ESZ For example, while no mining would be allowed within ESZ- 1, existing mines could continue in ESZ-2 with a moratorium on new licences.

In ESZ-3, new mines could come up. The Kasturirangan panel, on the other hand, adopted the criteria followed by the Western Ghats Development Programme of the Planning Commission and identified talukas as its Western Ghats landscape, which worked out to 1,64, sq km.

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He marked 37 percent of this stretch as ESA where hazardous industries, thermal plants or mines would not be allowed. Now, according to the Gadgil report, the ESZ-1 areas add up to approximately 77, sq km 60 percent of 1,29, sq km. That is a reduction of 17, sq km in the top priority segment.

Source : Western Ghats — Tehelka. Another committee to study Kasturi Rangan report!

Please, No! Yes, Oommen V Oommen Committee : As people turned violent and started protests, Oommen Chandy, the then Chief Minister of Kerala set up an expert committee the chairman has same first name as CM, did you see that; though he made life of UPSC aspirants difficult by appointing another committee, he made things a little easy by selecting a chairman whose first name is same as his, so that UPSC aspirants can remember: To the notice of all future committees and commissions!

The committee adopted a satellite survey to determine EFL and even plantations and estates were included in it! It also recommended stopping land acquisition proceedings according to the Kasturirangan committee report. The panel has made several pro-farmer recommendations, including the exclusion of inhabited regions and plantations from the purview of ecologically sensitive areas ESAs.

The state-level panel said a field survey should be held in places that the Madhav Gadgil and Kasturirangan reports have identified as ESAs to demarcate forest land and human settlements. After examining the population density of these areas, human settlements should be exempted from the category of ESAs.

It also said farmers should not be stopped from rearing hybrid varieties of milking animals and suggested that the grace period is given to shift to organic farming be extended from five years to 10 years. The report said forest areas should be fenced to prevent the animals straying into it.

They allege the committee has sidelined the objective of conserving biodiversity of the Western Ghats while protecting encroachments. The recommendation of the Kasturirangan panel included banning activities like mining, quarrying, construction of thermal power plants and highly polluting industries and construction of buildings spread over more than 2, square metre and townships spanning more than 50 hectares ha inside areas identified as ecologically sensitive areas ESAs.

In Kerala, the committee had identified villages across 12 of the 14 districts as eco-sensitive areas. The panel points out that as per the Kasturirangan panel, if 20 per cent of the area of a village is ecologically sensitive, the whole village comes under ESA, even if the remaining 80 per cent is highly populated and urbanised.

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Within a village, says the state panel, all populated areas, farm land and plantations should be excluded from ESAs. The verification should be done by a committee consisting of representatives from local bodies, biodiversity management committees, revenue, forest and agriculture departments. The state panel also says the recommendation of the Kasturirangan report to maintain a 10 km buffer zone around the ESA is not practical since the areas are highly populated and declaring buffer zone will affect infrastructure development in these areas.

The committee has also recommended conditional permission for quarrying beyond metre from forest boundaries, while the Central Empowered Committee appointed by the Supreme Court has suggested mining should not be done within one kilometre around the protected forests.

It also says sand can be mined from dams and reservoirs after holding sand auditing. Activists point out that quarrying and sand mining in the Western Ghats area is increasing day by day, and recommendations of the state panel will encourage these activities that damage the ecology. The Act was formulated for the conservation and management of private land with forest cover contiguous to reserved forests, and minimising degradation of forest eco-system and biological diversity.Many of the newspapers and channels in the state highlight the agitations while they fail to voice the concerns of adivasis and the dalit communities who want conservation of the Western Ghats.

The Western Ghats needs high attention in the sustainability aspect of whole India and especially South India. Going with the recommendations of the high-level panel that was headed by Mr. LDF alleges that the Centre's decision is unilateral and would affect people living in the upland areas. Prohibitory regime[ edit ] Roughly 37 per cent of the total area defined as the boundary of the Western Ghats is ecologically sensitive.

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