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Decision on Kasturirangan report after considering Kerala’s concerns: PM

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Decision on Kasturirangan report after considering Kerala’s concerns: PM
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Thiruvananthapuram: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday assured Chief Minister Ommen Chandy that a decision on the implementation of the Kasturirangan report on Western Ghats would be taken only after considering Kerala’s concerns.

Chief Minister Ommen Chandy has submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister during a special Cabinet meeting held here today raising various demands, including the State’s concerns over the implementation of the Kasturirangan report.

The government has asked the Central government to correct flaws in identification of Ecologically Sensitive Areas (ESAs) through remote sensing method.

The State wanted ecologically sensitive areas ESAs to be identified based on physical verification and actual habitation and agricultural areas to be deleted from ESA.

The State also sought Prime Minister’s intervention for granting sufficient time for implementing the Direct Benefit Transfer scheme for domestic LPG customers and relaxation in the norms to ensure that orphanages and other similar institutions get the subsidised supply of LPG.

The 12-points memorandum submitted by the State government includes the Prime Minister’s intervention for the realisation of the Palakkad Coach Factory, granting exemption from cabotage for the Vizhinjam Port, approval for implementing the suburban rail services, sanction for Nanjangud-Nilambur railway line, clearance for Angamali-Sabari Rail as a project of the railways, approval for the outer harbour project of the Cochin Port and special financial assistance for extending compensation to the endosulfan victims.

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