Madhav Gadgil, Submitted to ‘The Ministry of Environment and Forests, Report of the Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel, Part I. New Delhi. Gadgil, who headed the Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel, said that the recommendations of the Kasturirangan committee contains. The Parambikulam forest in Kerala is a part of the Western Ghats. dotcompals/ Flickr, CC BY The Gadgil panel report. Many parts of.

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This statement has again brought the debate — development vs environment — back into the mainstream. Alongside such biodiversity, the ghats also support about 50 million people. Now there are many leakages and there is a water shortage.

Gadgil Report and Kasturirangan Report on Western Ghats

The member panel, constituted to examine the Western Ghats ecology expert panel committeee prepared under the leadership of environmentalist Madhav Gadgil, has also moved away from the suggestions of the Gadgil panel.

Kerala floods is man-made calamity: It broadened the definition of Western Ghats and included a total of 1,64, square km in it.

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Kerala government rejected the committee report. Population density of certain states are high. In Kerala, specifically, the Kasturirangan committee had proposed an area of 13, square km as part of ESA. Subsidised LPG price cut by Rs 5. Read After 6 days of deluge, help reaches marooned mental health home with patients. Madhav Gadgil, expert who headed Western Ghats report. The Kasturirangan report removed the system of gradation recommended by the Gadgil commission. And wherever there is water, it is highly polluted.


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Why the Western Ghats Keep Conservationists at Loggerheads With Policymakers

When he started I thought it is proper scientific courtesy since his work was to take our report further he would ask. A look at some of the main recommendations of the Gadgil report, how these were substantially relaxed by a subsequent committee led by space scientist K Kasturirangan, and whether implementation of the first report would have made any difference to the Kerala crisis:. He said the scale of the disaster would have been smaller had the state government and local authorities followed environmental laws.

Ghatss implementation of the Gadgil report have lessened the impact of the Kerala floods? He said that Kasturirangan, who headed the member high high-level working group, constituted to examine the WGEEP report, had not shown ‘scientific courtesy’ to ask him about what was done by WGEEP before commencing his panel’s work on its recommendations.

And remember that protests often are not due gbats love towards the environment, but often because of fear of eviction or loss of livelihood. The member Working Group, headed by Planning Commission member Kasturirangan, has environmental experts and other professionals as its members.

In some areas, the committee recommended strong restrictions on mining and quarrying, use of land for non forest purposes, construction of high rises etc. But this report was tagged anti-development too by many who fear that their livelihood and interests will be affected. Hence, daily flow fluctuations created by peak and offpeak operations of reservoirs in dammed rivers have led to upstream-downstream conflicts in many river basins.


Western Ghats — Tehelka. I am surprised that a man of his stature put such statement on his gadgjl, he said. To the notice of all future committees and commissions!

The reports were neither available in the public domain nor the opinion of states was asked. It is the home of many endangered plants and animals. It was not available for public discussion as expected by Gadgil committee members. Nobody was brought to book. Ground realities are dismal and the hills are slowly becoming unlivable.

The Gagdil Committee report was criticised for being excessively environment-friendly and not in tune with the ground realities.

The panel was asked to make an assessment of the ecology and biodiversity of the Western Ghats and suggest commkttee to conserve, protect and rejuvenate the entire range that stretches to over km along the coast, with its footprints in Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu.

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Kerala tragedy partly man made: Madhav Gadgil, expert who headed Western Ghats report

For example, while no mining would be allowed within ESZ- 1, existing mines could continue in ESZ-2 with a moratorium on new licences. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. However, there was one particular recommendation that was more contentious than the rest.