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Reports on Western Ghats ignore realities: Govt

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The Goa government criticised the Centre, the K Kasturirangan Report and the Gadgil Report on Western Ghats for not taking into consideration the ground realities of the State, while reacting to reports that the PMO had written to the State asking it to provide details of distances, coordinates for points indicated on the boundary of the proposed ecological zones, at the earliest.
Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said that such details had all been sent but now they wanted more details. “They first asked for details of eco sensitive zones. All this information has been given,” Parrikar told media.
“Then they again asked what is the boundary between lease areas and mining pits vis-a-vis forest areas. The details were asked some 20 days back,” he said adding that “The DGPS survey is 99% complete. It was raining very heavily so we could not complete it. We are now doing ground ‘tooting’ and will provide details.”
The chief minister also pointed out that “they” had even asked for justification from the state for making one km as the buffer zone.
“The Kasturirangan Report is dangerous. As dangerous as the Gadgil Report. Three talukas will be totally isolated… economic activities will stop,” the chief minister said, pointing out that the environment ministry was contemplating on butting the boundary of the Chorao bird sanctuary on the Ribandar side, effectively closing down that stretch of the river Mandovi for traffic.      
It pointed out that the environment ministry had set up an Expert Appraisal Committee in March 2013 to examine documents submitted by proponents of mining projects whose environmental clearance have been kept in abeyance.
The committee requires proposals from states for notification of Ecologically Sensitive Zones around national parks and wildlife sanctuaries and distances of the periphery of iron ore mines from them. [H]

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