Karnataka will not implement Kasturirangan report on Western Ghats, says state government | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: The Karnataka government on Thursday once again reiterated that it will not implement the K Kasturirangan report on the Western Ghats which determine that 1,533 villages in the state fall under the eco-sensitive zone (ESZ).
On a day when the opposition parties boycotted the assembly due to the anti-cattle slaughter bill being “bulldozed”, BJP legislators took upon themselves to put the state government into a corner over its stand on the Kasturirangan report.
Speaking on the issue, legislators including V Sunil Kumar, MP Kumaraswamy, Aragajnanendra, KG Bopaiah and Kumara Bangarappa apart from speaker Vishweshvara Hegde Kageri pointed out to the government that lack of a clear stand by the state was hurting the people of Malnad region.
“In fact, my district of Uttara Kannada will face the biggest brunt of it as 600 plus villages fall under the ESZ category determined by the report. We need clarity in this regard,” said speaker Kageri.
With lack of attendance even among the ministerial ranks, primary and secondary education minister S Suresh Kumar responded on behalf of the government and said: “The government assures all those residing in these 1,533 villages that there shall be no forceful eviction of them from their habitats and the state will continue to provide all basic infrastructure apart from carrying out developmental works.”
Kumar said the government has already written to the Centre that a decision has been taken in 2018 itself that the report has been rejected by the state.
“Following these letters, chief minister BS Yediyurappa has also written a letter to the Centre in July 2020 that prior to any final notification on the implementation of the Kasturirangan report, a copy of the draft report finalised by the Centre needs to be discussed with Karnataka. Further, a cabinet sub-committee has also been formed to look into the various aspects of the report implementation,” said Kumar.
The minister said cabinet sub-committee report will be made available to the government and the Centre by the end of this month.
The Kasturirangan committee report has gained prominence after the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has given a directive to the Centre for implementing the report by the end of December.

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