KOZHIKODE: Welcoming the Central government’s decision not to consider the Gadgil committee report, the Paschima Ghatta Jana Samrakshana Samithi led by Thamarassery diocese has demanded that the recommendations of the Oommen V Oommen committee be implemented in the state. “If the government fails to protect the interests of the inhabitants of hilly regions, the Samithi will resume its agitation more intensely,” said coordinator Fr Abraham Kavilpurayidathil, according to a statement issued here on Wednesday.
“The Centre has informed the National Green Tribunal that it was not considering the Gadgil committee report and was going ahead with the Kasturirangan panel report. However, if implemented, the Kasturirangan report also will badly affect the inhabitants of hilly regions. One who studies both the reports can easily understand that the Kasturirangan report literally means implementation of the Gadgil report in 123 villages in Kerala,” the statement said.
The State government had appointed the Oommen V Oommen commission at a time when strong public protests erupted against the implementation of the Kasturirangan report. “The committee recommended that inhabited regions, plantations and farmlands not be included in ecologically sensitive areas. Hence the government should re-fix ecologically sensitive regions as per the cadastral map approved by the State Biodiversity Board,” it added.