There is increasing realization that the WGEEP report has mooted a completely new system of governance based on ecological limits and carrying capacity of a region, democratic decentralization and a futuristic perspective of inter-generational equity. More than 60 eco-sensitive villages fall in these districts. Baseless rumours are being spread over how the report will affect the high range population! The LDF too could have organized discussions and debates on the two reports instead of rejecting both the reports. The report has identified villages, comprising
Panic led to violent protests Resentment turned into violence on November 15 in Kannur and Kozhikode districts, where protesters stoned government vehicles and Kerala State Road Transport Corporation buses and set fire to a forest office at Vilangad in Kozhikode. The state government had appealed to the Supreme Court last month, against two National Green Tribunal orders, asking the government to adhere to the recommendations of the WGEEP report while approving private and commercial development in eco-sensitive zones. Kapikad says adivasi-dalit communities want the government to implement the Gadgil report, which has made more stringent recommendations to conserve the Western Ghats. Chief Minister Ommen Chandy has decided to convene an all party meeting to seek opinion from the various political units of the state. Several people and 20 police persons were injured during the clash. Secondly it reveals the lack of democratic process by which the people of a region as diverse and ecologically significant as the Western Ghats are not taken into confidence by the Governments while introducing a new governance process.
But many in Kerala where the maximum opposition to both the reports came in, think otherwise. Reparative Measures The Government of Kerala has meanwhile taken a guarded stance with respect to the Kasturirangan report instead of totally rejecting it.
The high population density in Kerala Western Ghats plus the vested interests of the quarrying lobby and the church which holds large tracts of land in the mountains could be attributed as the reason for this uproar. LDF alleges that the Centre's decision is unilateral and would affect people living in the upland areas. The rest of the Western Ghats states need to take cue from the happenings in Kerala and start a process of democratic discussion with the ESA village communities and different development sectors to avoid future problems that may crop up. According to Kapikad, the Left does not have a strong base among the settled farmers. LDF members were irritated over the Centre's assertion before the National Green Tribunal on Tuesday that order restricting industrial activities and mining in ecologically sensitive areas ESA , as specified by the report, stands.
Prohibitory regime[ edit ] Roughly 37 per cent of the total area defined as the boundary of the Western Ghats is ecologically sensitive. Forest offices, government vehicles and public transport buses were set fire by the angry mob in several places in North Kerala . Chief Minister Ommen Chandy has decided to convene an all party meeting to seek opinion from the various political units of the state. The people living in the plains are being warned that they will have to bear the onslaught when lakhs of evicted farmers from the high ranges will settle in the plains! These environment-damaging activities include mining, quarrying, construction of thermal plants and red-category highly-polluting industries and construction of buildings spread over more than 2, sq metre and townships spanning more than 50 hectares.
No development activities would take place, he said. The decision of the Congress-led state government has been strongly criticised even by the members of the party in state Legislative Assembly. Meanwhile the other states seem not too perturbed by the decision of the MoEF to accept the Kasturirangan Report.
This has also affected the lives of adivasis and dalits, who have traditionally been living in the high range areas.
It had suggested three levels of categorization where regulatory measures for protection would be imposed and had recommended the establishment of the Western Ghats Ecology Authority for management of the Ghats. More and more farmers in the mountains are selling their land to quarry contractors. Chandy said the report of the Oommen V Oommen committee, set up by the state government to study the amendments to be made on the Kasturirangan report, would be submitted to the Centre on January Earlier on October 21, LDF had boycotted the all-party meeting convened by the chief minister to discuss how the Kasturirangan Committee report would affect the state.
The state government had appealed to the Supreme Court last month, against two National Green Tribunal orders, asking the government to adhere to the recommendations of the WGEEP report while approving private and commercial development in eco-sensitive zones. It does not entail any eviction or vesting of land by the government or the Forest Department. Firstly it reveals the extent to which forces are trying to decide the fate of a common natural heritage like the Western Ghats through short sighted political means. People of hill region under the banner of high range protection committee have been on the warpath ever since the recommendations of Kasturirangan report came out as they fear that it would lead to large-scale displacement and badly affect their livelihood.
The rest of the Western Ghats states need to take cue from the happenings in Kerala and start a process of democratic discussion with the ESA village communities and different development sectors to avoid future problems that may crop up.
The report has identified villages, comprising This is the reason for widespread apprehensions among people that implementation of the Kasturiangan Committee recommendations will lead to displacement of hundreds of families from these villages.