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70% of EIA report bogus, says Gadgil

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: More than natural forests, teak and eucalyptus plantations will be submerged on implementing the proposed Athirappilly hydroelectric power project, Western Ghats Ecology Experts Committee head Madhav Gadgil has said.

He was delivering the P.T. Bhaskara Panicker memorial lecture on ‘Working with people towards precision management of natural resources' at the 23rd Kerala Science Congress at the Centre for Earth Science Studies here on Sunday. Dr. Gadgil, who visited the project site on Saturday, said the extent of natural forest in the project zone was much lesser than the teak and eucalyptus plantations. Seventy per cent of the information in the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) report is bogus. “The amount of bogus information in the report is remarkable.” This was true in the case of other such 22 reports.

Referring to classification of knowledge as folk, classical, scientific and official, Dr. Gadgil said official knowledge is wielded by those in power.

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