Kottayam: KPCC vice-president and MLA V D Satheesan strongly criticised the Kerala government’s stance on the Kasthurirangan committee constituted for the protection of Western Ghats. Slamming the report he has said that the report is both anti-farmer and anti-environment.
The Congress MLA in a Facebook post said that the methods adopted by the committee to determine ecologically-sensitive areas are ‘unscientific’.
Even though he praised the Kerala government’s efforts to resolve the issue, Satheesan pointed out certain lapses in the part of the State in his post.
The MLA said that Kerala’s move to classify only forest regions as ecologically sensitive areas would have an adverse impact on other forest-related cases in court.
A high-level meet chaired by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had the other day decided to constitute special committees in 119 villages to demarcate agricultural land that falls within forest areas. The committees will conduct survey in the villages on July 23, 24 and submit report to the Centre on 29.