Kerala Church to move UN over Western Ghats

May 9, 2013 by  
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It also urged the government to dismiss the 2012 Madhav Gadgil committee report on Western Ghats.

Western GhatsKerala, May 08, 2013: The Laity Commission of the Syro Malabar Church is planning to move the UN over a report on the protection of the Western Ghats.

In a statement, Laity Commission secretary V.C. Sebastian said the Gadgil report had been submitted to the world heritage committee (WHC) that met in St Petersburg in June last year much before it was made available to the people here.

“The WHC would meet in Cambodia from June 16 to 27 and it should reverse the earlier decisions based on the recommendations of the Gadgil report in view of the fresh development. We will also submit a petition before the UNESCO,” the statement said.

The commission has also urged the government to dismiss the 2012 Madhav Gadgil committee report on Western Ghats as the Kasturirangan panel has recently given another set of proposals.

The Kasturirangan panel was set up to study the Gadgil report.

The panel has recommended prohibition on development activities in 60,000 sq km ecologically sensitive area spread over Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Goa, Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

The priest said people would oppose any move by the government to impose the recommendations of the Kasturirangan panel without further discussions.

“The Green Tribunal has no right to issue orders based on the reports submitted to the government. There is proof that the environmental organizations that approached the tribunal are on the payrolls of various US agencies and they have accepted money from foreign agencies. The government should look into this as well,” the statement said.

–  deccanchronicle

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