But the Kerala government rejected the committee report and did not Ecologist, Madhav Gadgil had suggested environmental protection in. Gadgil, who headed the Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel, said that the recommendations of the Kasturirangan committee contains. The Gadgil Committee submitted a report in that predicted a flood situation in kerala. However, the report was rejected by government.

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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 fadgil about what was done by Madha before commencing his panel’s work on its recommendations.

Interacting with the audience after delivering a speech on ‘sustainable rebuilding of Kerala’ at a function organised by the Indian Association of Lawyers here, he said there were differences between the two reports on the Western Ghats. Dr Kasturirangan is an old respected friend.


He knows me for last 30 years. When he started I thought it is proper scientific courtesy since his work was to take our report further he would ask.

He never did”, Gadgil said.

Gadgil said when he contacted Kasturirangan, he had claimed certain things in his database it was superior to the WGEEP database. He never did it.


It was a great scientific violation”, he said. Gadgil said a major difference was that Kasturirangan panel made an ‘unconstitutional statement’ in his report, saying “that the local community in the hills cannot have any gafgil in economic decision making.

He said giving sanction for a stone quarry was an economic decision, but the Kasturirangan panel said that the Gram Cokmittee cannot object to it. I am surprised that a man of his stature put such statement on his report”, he said.

Gadgil also said the Kasturirangan report did not give special attention to the water resources in the Western Ghats.

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

The Kasturirangan report only more or less talks about government controlled forests committeee how to protect those. By and large, they gave no special attention to water resources”, he said. Gadgil’s comments at a time when there is an increasing chorus in Kerala to implement either of these reports to protect the ecologically fragile Western Rrport in view of the recent floods.

Following protests by various groups and political parties against its recommendations,the government constituted the Kasturirangan committee to examine the WGEEP report. Instead of the total area of Western Ghats, only 37 per cent i. We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments.

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