Former district in-charge minister B Ramanath Rai has urged the Central Government not to implement the recommendations of Kasturirangan. Report of the high level working group on Western Ghats . News | Bandh in Kerala against Kasturirangan panel report on Western Ghats. Submission Certificate of the Report of HLWG i. Preface ii – iv constituted a Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel (WGEEP). The mandate of.

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Gadgil Report and Kasturirangan Report on Western Ghats

Around 60, sq km of Western Ghats, spread across six states, should be turned into a kasrurirangan area for commercial activities, Kasturirangan panel has said. Around 60, sq km of Western Ghatsspread across six states, should be turned into a no-go area for commercial activities like mining, thermal power plants, polluting industries and large housing plans, the high-level working group headed by Planning Commission member K Kasturirangan has recommended.


The Kasturirangan panel was set up to study the Gadgil committee report on the Western Ghats. The Gadgil panel report had faced unanimous opposition from state governments for recommending that almost three-fourth of the hills, including plantations, cultivated lands and large habitations, be turned into a restricted development zone with an over-arching authority to regulate the region superseding the elected authorities’ role.

Madhav Gadgil flays Kasturirangan Committee report on Western Ghats- The New Indian Express

The Kasturirangan committee has in contrast advised against bringing cultivated lands, plantations and habitations outside the ambit of such a restrictive regime — called Ecologically Sensitive Area ESA under the Environment Protection Act, The forest area falling within the ESA would also cover 4, villages across the six kastjrirangan.

The panel has said, “The villages falling under ESA will be involved in decision making on the future projects. All projects will require prior-informed consent and no-objection from the gram sabha village council of the village. It has banned development of any township or construction over the size of 20, sq m in kasturiangan ESA zone.


It has not ccommittee a ban on hydroelectric projects in the zone, but put a regime of stricter clearances for dams and other projects.

The report suggests doing away with the complete moratorium on industrial and mining activity in the two Maharashtra districts of Sindhudurg and Ratnagiri.

It has suggested persisting with the ban only on the area of the two districts falling within the ESA and a strict regulation in the rest.

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