Karnataka Govt adds 1190 more villages to Kasturi Rangan Report on ESZ

Karnataka Govt adds 1190 more villages to Kasturi Rangan Report on ESZ

Submitted by Newseditor on Sat, 2015-11-21 17:10 By Manoj SharmaBengaluru: While the Kasturi Rangan Report submitted to Central Government suggesting the inclusion of 1576 villages from Karnataka in the Eco-Sensitive Zone (ESZs) has led to a huge disappointment among the residents of Western Ghats, the Karnataka State Government has moved a step forward to rub salt on the wound by suggesting 1190 more villages in addition to those recommended in the Kasturi Rangan report submitted to the Central Government.On 24 April 2015, Karnataka Government had expressed its reservation about the suggestion in the Kasturi Rangan Report for the inclusion of 1576 villages in the Final Notification and suggested that only 153 villages from Karnataka be considered to be brought under the Eco-Sensitive Zone.Later on strangely, the State Government vide its communication listing out the objections and suggestions to the Draft Notification, issued by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MOEF) regarding the eco-sensitive areas in the Western Ghat region of the Country had callously suggested and proposed that 2766 villages from the State should be included for notification as Eco-Sensitive Zones.Eventually, it increased the number of villages by another 1,190 to be notified as ESAs.Karnataka Anti-Graft and Environmental Forum and Western Ghats Citizen’s Rights Protection Forum has called a meeting of the MLAs representing the districts and taluks concerned to discuss the issue and save the state from this “disastrous” step against human living.Quote:“The tragedy is man is willing to save nature by not allowing the mankind to survive. First of all the Kasturi Rangan report was done through satellite which notices even coffee estates as the forest. That report was not done at a ground level. But the Karnataka Government has unnecessarily suggested the inclusion of 1190 villages to be notified as the Eco-Sensitive Zones. They can deforest, but why do they deforest economically dependent areas such as Coorg, Chikmagalur, Hassan which grow coffee”, says Abraham T.J, President, Karnataka Anti-Graft