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New Delhi: Parliamentary committee has directed to speed up the procedures to release the final notification based on the Kasturirangan committee report which included the guidelines to safeguard the Western Ghats. The committee demanded the Ministry for Environment, Forest and Climate Change to abide by promises over the conservation of Western Ghats.
The Ministry for Environment, Forest and Climate Change had given several promises regarding the protection of the Western Ghats to parliament in 2018 and 2019.
The committee noted that the government has only been renewing the draft notification released in 2014 for all these years. Meanwhile, the ministry informed the committee that the proceedings to release a final notification are underway.
The ministry has collected the opinions of the state governments, environmentalists, and the public for this. An expert committee has been appointed to review these opinions and procedures. The expert panel will visit the states to seek opinions regarding the eco-sensitive zones (buffer zones) also. The expert panel has requested a time period of one year for this, reported the ministry.
The ministry has been considering the possibility of dividing the eco-sensitive zones around the protected areas as a core area with strict regulations and a non-core area with relaxations, in view of the protests raised by the public against the demarcation of buffer zones.