Kasturirangan Report: Kerala Assembly Passes Resolution - The New Indian Express

Kasturirangan Report: Kerala Assembly Passes Resolution

Published: 31st January 2014 08:48 AM

Last Updated: 31st January 2014 11:49 AM

The Assembly on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution urging the Centre to ensure that human habitats and agricultural areas were exempted and the state government’s opinion was considered before implementing the Kasturirangan panel report on Western Ghats.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, after the discussion on the Kasturirangan report held on the notice of Deputy Opposition Leader Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, said the state government had raised its concern before the Centre. 

“Based on our stand, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had written to the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests pointing out the state’s concerns,” he said.

In the letter, the Prime Minister has observed that state had concerns about the likely impact in the event of the implementation of the Kasturirangan report.

The Prime Minster asked the MoEF to address the concerns of Kerala before making any move  to implement the report. He said he and received the copy of the letter from the Prime Minister’s office on Thursday morning.

He also added that he would go to Delhi on Thursday evening and was scheduled to meet Minister for Environment and Forests Veerappa Moily on Friday.

He asked the House to stay together in pressing the demand for addressing the concerns of the settlers on the high ranges.

He pointed out that government had already presented its stand before the National Green Tribunal that both the Gadgil committee and Kasturirangan committee had not made physical verification of the Economically Sensitive Areas (ESA). 

It was following the tribunal’s “adamant” stand to fine the Centre Rs 1 lakh  for failing to implement the Kasturirangan report that it had presented the view that the Centre and accepted in principle to implement the report.

Balakrishnan said if the Environment Protection Act, 1986 was made applicable in the areas notified under the Kasturirangan report, no government land could be transferred to private individuals.

It would  make the distribution of title deeds impossible in Idukki.

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