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‘No-go areas in Western Ghats soon'

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Firm resolve:Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh and Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP, and Under Secretary-General of the United Nations, at the inauguration of an exhibition on the biodiversity of the Western Ghats in Bangalore on Saturday.

BANGALORE: Declaring that the Centre would not allow exploitation of Western Ghats, a biodiversity hot spot, Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh on Saturday said that “no-go” areas in Western Ghats would be demarcated soon after the Madhav Gadgil Committee submitted its report. Development works would not be allowed in such areas, he indicated.

He was peaking to presspersons on the sidelines of the inaugural programme of a nature camp as well as an exhibition on biodiversity for physically impaired children organised by the National Museum of Natural History.

Making it clear that decisions on clearance for development projects in the Western Ghats would be taken only after going through the Gadgil committee report, he said: “We are yet to give environmental clearance to the Gundia hydroelectric project and the Hubli-Ankola railway line.” “We will decide on these projects based on the recommendations of the Gadgil committee,” the Minister added.

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