STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

‘Greens’ flay government approach to Gadgil report

Published: 03rd December 2012 08:51 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd December 2012 08:51 AM   |  A+A-

The ‘greens’ in Kerala have come out against the state government’s stand on the Madhav Gadgil panel recommendations. Instead of opting for a pre-emptive approach against the report, the government should have adopted  participative planning, thereby making it more ‘conservation-oriented’, they feel.

“There is a misconception among the public that the ecologically fragile lands (EFLs) and the proposed ecologically sensitive zones (ESZs) are the same.

“The state government’s actions have created an impression among a section of people that if an area is declared as ESZ, then the land would be taken over. In fact, nowhere in the report does the panel recommend the government to take over land.

ESZs come under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) and there is no recommendation for land acquisition in the name of ecology. Ideally, the government should have taken steps to clarify the misinformation.

We should not waste an opportunity to be part of an ecologically sensitive planning process,” pointed out A Latha of the River Research Centre.

It has also been pointed out that there are  misconceptions regarding the recommendations on the phased decommissioning of the dams in zone one.

The state government should have carried out a consultative meeting with the representatives from various sectors, the environmentalists pointed out.

The state government’s demand to include a  compensation package if the panel recommendations are implemented, too has come under severe criticism.

“On the contrary, once the ESZs are declared,  the government can approach the Centre for more funds. Also, what can be said about the track record of the Kerala government in providing compensation to the victims of developmental projects?” asked the  environmentalists.

In its dissent note on the panel recommendations, the Kerala government had pointed out that hydroelectric power generation is essential for an agrarian state like Kerala.  Setting up of the Western Ghats Ecology Authority has also been opposed by the state.

Meanwhile, former chairman of Kerala State Biodiversity Board V S Vijayan, who was part of the Madhav Gadgil panel, made clear that no where in the report there are recommendations against farmers.

“The recommendations are in favour of promoting agriculture in general and organic farming in particular. Organic farming would be ideal for ESZ I and II also if there is already agricultural activities going on.

The panel has not suggested land take over in ecologically sensitive zones. It’s not an anti-development report.

“We have proposed decentralised development. Local panchayats should be given the authority for taking decision regarding such projects,” Vijayan said.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp