Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], December 4 (ANI): Declaring the Western Ghats as an Ecologically Sensitive Zone would adversely affect the livelihood of the people in the region. So Karnataka government and the people living in the region are opposed to the implementation of the Kasturirangan report, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Saturday.
Participating in the virtual meeting on implementation of Kasturirangan report on the Western Ghats chaired by Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Labour, Bhupinder Yadav, Bommai strongly presented the state's stand.
Bommai drew the attention of the participants to the fact that the state cabinet had decided to oppose the Kasturirangan report. The decision had been taken after exhaustive discussions with people of the Western Ghat region and officials.
Karnataka has the distinction of being one of the states with extensive forest cover. "Our government has taken extreme care to protect the biodiversity of Western Ghats. People of the region have adopted agriculture and horticultural activities in an eco-friendly manner. Priority has been accorded for environment protection under the Forest Protection Act. In this background bringing one more law that would affect the livelihood of the local people is not appropriate," Bommai said.
Kasturirangan report has been prepared based on the satellite images, but the ground reality is different, Bommai explained.
The Union Minister assured the state that officers from the Union Environment and Forests department would visit the state before taking any decision. (ANI)