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Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala has said the government will oppose any move by the National Democratic Alliance government at the Centre to implement the recommendations of the Western Ghats Ecol

With BJP coming to power in New Delhi, environmentalists across the country are hoping that the party will implement the Madhav Gadgil-led Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel report (WGEEP).

The BJP had in fact gained a record vote share in Pathanmthitta constituency with BJP candidate M T Ramesh getting 1.3 lakh vote after pitching against Aranmula airport in his election campaign. “The new government will not change its stand vis-a ­vis the airport and will not support the project,“ Ramesh said.

Apart from the violations of environmental norms, the airport issue also struck a chord with the local RSS wing as the Airport Authority of India study report said that the height of the historic Aranmula temple mast needed to be altered if the project was to be implemented.

Members of Paschima Ghatta Samrakshana Horata Vedike (Western Ghats Protection Forum) will hold talks with people residing in the vicinity of the Ghats to raise their voice against the government’s

Karnataka will ask the Centre to exempt 730 villages from the purview of the Kasturirangan report, which has recommended restrictions on 1,580 villages considering their ecological sensitivity.

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Thiruvananthapuram: Much to Kerala’s relief, the National Green Tribunal validated the draft notification issued by the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) on Kasturirangan committee report

Thiruvananthapuram: In a bid to reap maximum benefit from the Gadgil-Kasturirangan confusion in Kerala, the CPM has promised to stop the implementation of both reports and set up a broadbased expert committee to study the issue of conserving Western Ghats. The suggestion is part of CPM’s manifesto released by general secretary Prakash Karat in New Delhi on Thursday.

Pune: As many as 337 villages in Pune district have been included in the eco-sensitive area (ESA) of the Western Ghats, as per the draft notification the ministry of environment and forests issued on Tuesday.

However, experts pointed out that the authorities will have to take several measures, particularly involving locals, to ensure that declaring the area as eco-sensitive translates into the conservation of its biodiversity.