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Report of the WGEEP iii. Panel Members. Prof. Madhav Gadgil. Chairman. Shri B.J. Krishnan. Member. Dr. K.N. Ganeshaiah. Member. Dr. V.S. Scientist Madhav Gadgil, who headed the Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel In its detailed report submitted in , the Gadgil panel had. Gadgil, who headed the Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel, said that the recommendations of the Kasturirangan committee contains.

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That is a reduction of 17, sq km in the top priority segment. The Kasturirangan report only more or less talks about government controlled forests and how to protect those. Gadgil also said the Kasturirangan report did not give special attention to the water resources in the Western Ghats.

With the central government deciding to implement the Kasturirangan Committee report on the Western Ghats, there were several protests in Kerala. People asked for a copy, but the ministry said it could not be given.

But the Kerala government rejected the committee report and did not adopt any of its recommendations. The 25 percent lowest priority areas would be marked as ESZ-3 to allow all developmental activities with precautions.

People now fear that due to illegal mining they would get evicted indirectly.

Gadgil Report and Kasturirangan Report on Western Ghats

As Kerala faces its worst floods in several decades, the author of a landmark report on the conservation of the Western Ghats said Sunday that the scale weetern the disaster would have been smaller had the state government and local authorities followed environmental laws. It was not available for public discussion as expected by Gadgil committee members.

Dialogues were still on and the government had asked the state governments to submit their views on the report. According mdahav environmentalists, the committee’s recommendations were strong enough to protect the sensitive Western Ghat region. The member panel, constituted to examine the Western Ghats ecology expert panel report prepared under the leadership of environmentalist Gadgi Gadgil, has also moved away from the suggestions of the Gadgil panel.


The court ordered that all the reports should be put on websites. People in Kerala, especially Christian organizations, strongly protested the implementation of the report since most of the farmers in the hilly regions are Christians, especially in Gadgol. When he started I thought it is proper scientific courtesy since his work was to take our report further he would ask.

They convinced the people against the report in their favour.

Nobody was brought to book. File Photo of the Western Ghats. Gadgil said when he contacted Kasturirangan, he had claimed certain things in his database it was superior to the WGEEP database.

Press Trust of Weetern. Population density of certain states are reeport. The Kasturirangan panel, on the other hand, adopted the wetsern followed by the Western Ghats Development Programme of the Planning Commission and identified talukas as its Western Ghats landscape, which worked out to mqdhav, sq km. Since it is type of slow death, nobody will realise it.

Gadgil committee had eminent ecologists and their report too reflected that. The reports were neither available in the public domain nor the opinion of states was asked. Subscribers please login to access full text of the article. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. They may take some time to appear. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress. Skip to main content. The Western Ghats acts as a huge water tank supplying water to six states.

The same happened with both these reports. The Kasturirangan committee, which submitted its report inseverely watered down the recommendations of the Gadgil panel, effectively suggesting that only a third of the Western Ghats be identified as being ecologically sensitive. In particular, Gadgil pointed to the increasing stone quarrying activity in Kerala, along with largescale construction.

We respect your thoughts and views! Even those who opposed the Gadgil Committee report now want it in place of the Kasturirangan Committee report.

Kerala tragedy partly man made: Madhav Gadgil, expert who headed Western Ghats report

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress. As you all know, the need of the hour is sustainable development. Read Leading rescue, fishermen who braved Ockhi. One boy had died wwstern that incident. And wherever there is water, it is highly polluted. Birth control Family planning Control Overpopulation Zero growth. The Gadgil panel had recommended a blanket approach consisting of guidelines for sector-wise activities, which could be permitted in the ecologically sensitive zones.


Read IMD gives hope, situation set to ease as rain intensity falls. Red alert for 13 districts, IAF comes to rescue. Our recommendations would have been accepted in any law-abiding society that believes in good governance. I am surprised that a man of his stature put such statement on his report”, he said.

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Westdrn committee had suggested thatkilometres of the Western Ghats be classified in three zones as per the requirement of environmental protection in the areas.

Videos Statue politics in Instead of the total area of Western Ghats, only 37 per cent i. For example, while no mining would be allowed within ESZ- 1, existing mines could continue in ESZ-2 with a moratorium on new licences.

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Speaking to various regional media, Madhav Gadgil has said that irresponsible environmental policy is to be blamed for the recent floods and landslides in Kerala. The lobby told the people that the report was against farmers and they would have to leave the area.

The Gadgil report had pointed out that many reservoirs in the Western Ghats states, especially those in the steep valleys, were silting up prematurely due to massive encroachment and deforestation of catchment areas.