Thiruvananthapuram: The State government has not yet given its response to the Union Environment Ministry on the issue of implementation of the Kasturirangan report on the conservation of the Western Ghats.
As the deadline for it ended on Saturday, the government has sought more time to respond its stand on the issue. Following it, the Centre has given two weeks time for the State to submit its response.
The National Green Tribunal had given a deadline to the Central government for preparing the draft notification based on the recommendations of the Kasturirangan report on Western Ghats conservation. The Green Tribunal has asked the Centre to submit the draft within March 24, in which the case is to be heard again.
The Ministry informed the Tribunal that though it had written to Chief Ministers of the States, asking for their views, and their reports, many of the States have not yet responded to it. Once they submit it, the Ministry said it would prepare the draft notification on the implementation of the Kasturirangan recommendations.
Kerala had submitted its report of the expert panel headed by Prof.Oommen.V Ommen on the Western Ghats conservation to Union Minister Veerappa Moily. Besides the panel report, district collectors and regional panels had submitted its report on the issue to the State government. Sources said the government requires more time to codify these reports and that is the reason why the State sought more time for its response on the issue.
The Western Ghats straddle the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.