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State seeks reconsideration of Gadgil report

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Thiruvananthapuram: The State government has sought the Kasturirangan-headed panel to relook into the Madhav Gadgil committee report on the Western Ghats, as most of its recommendations are 'impractical' to implement.

Chief Minister Ommen Chandy on Saturday held talks with the Working Group headed by eminent space scientist and Planning Commission member K Kasturirgangan and conveyed its stand on the Gadgil report.

Kerala has also asked the panel to visit Idukki and Waynad districts, where the adverse impact of the Gadgil report is more.

The nine-member Group, set up by the Environment Ministry in the wake of opposition to it from many states, including Kerala.

Terms of the committee are to examine the Gadgil committee report 'in a holistic and multidisciplinary fashion keeping in view the comments received from the concerned state governments, central ministries, stakeholders".

The Gadgil panel report had termed Western Ghats as an extremely ecologically sensitive region and favoured restricted mining and other development activities, which was opposed by several state governments.

Western Ghats is one of the identified hotspots of biological diversity globally and has many endemic species of flowering plants, endemic fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals and invertebrates.

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