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    Why did successive State Governments of Kerala ignore Madhav Gadgil report?

    Kerala's coast is prone to erosion. In order to prevent it, people have been dumping boulders there for long. These boulders have been quarried from the hilly areas, which have now turned vulnerable to landslides. The quarrying has been carried out with heavy equipment and explosives, which has further deteriorated ecological balance.

    But this is only one side of the picture, Kerala's problem arising from the current flood situation is man-made. This is according to Mr. Madhav Gadgil, who had headed the Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel. He had suggested creating three zones across 140,000 sq km in the Western Ghats, as per the need of environmental protection of the localities.

    Although Mr. Gadgil-led Panel submitted its report way back in 2011, the then State Government of Kerala rejected the report allegedly due to pressure from minority organizations, as most of the farmers who would be affected by the recommendations were farmers for a particular community settled in high ranges like Wayanad. Not a single recommendation of the Gadgil Panel has been implemented till now.

    On 17th August, 2018, Mr. Gadgil has severely criticized the successive State Governments' irresponsible environment policy in a press conference.

    Is it true that the successive State Governments of Kerala ignored the Expert advice due to the self-destroying appeasement policy?
  • #645888
    First of all , for what purpose a commission has been set up. And if the findings were against the likes of respective state government, then the commission must take suo motto action on the state government for putting the recommendations in cold storage. It is really strange and even astonishing that just for the eye wash such reports are being initiated and when the findings are against their vote bank politics , they simply reject. Now because of their selfish motive, the entire state is suffering. At least now , the Kerala people should wake up and discard those parties which played with their life and bring a change.
    K Mohan
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #645929
    This is the problem in our country. The recommendations of the experts will never be seen openly. They will always think of the after effects with a political angle and they keep away from implementing the recommendations. From all the angles the present situation in Kerala is man-made only and the main reason is abusing nature. It is proved beyond doubts. But the politicians will never agree to these things. Why spend money to appoint a committee and making them work on that and getting a report when you are not interested in implementing the same. The successive Kerala governments erred a lot in this case. These points are to be understood by the people and see that sense will prevail in the rulers. In fact, the Keralites should question the governments regarding the non-implementation of the Gadgil report.
    Now there is no use of repenting for non-implementation. At least now that report should be opened and see and implement to avoid further problems in the future.

    drrao
    always confident

  • #645935
    Government do not follow the reports of the commissions formed. A huge sum is spent for setting up a commission, but their reports are sent to dust bin. The commissions take years to investigate and report, but government has no time to take action on their report. No one heeds to the reports submitted by the commission.
    No life without Sun

  • #645974
    The Western Ghats are spread over six States namely Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Goa, Kerala, and Tamilnadu. The Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel (WGEEP) under the Chairmanship of Professor Madhav Gadgil was set up by the Ministry of Environment and Forests of India in March 2010. The committee has to find a strategy for the ecological conservation of these Ghats. The report was submitted to the Government of India in August 2011. The report submitted was environmental friendly but not favorable to the developmental activities, mainly mining. The recommendations of the committee were resisted by all the six State Governments and industrialists. It was against their interests. Another committee under Sri. Kasturi Rangan was appointed to study and review the Gadgil report. The Kasturi Rangan committee diluted the recommendations of the Gadgil Report, which found favor with the politicians and business people of all these six States.

    This is nothing but a tussle between development and the environment. We all know that the environment will be the casualty when it is to be decided between development and environment. None of the six States did nothing to save the environment leave alone Kerala. According to Mr. Madhav Gadgil, Goa is the next likely sufferer because of the illegal mining that is going on.

    How correct was Mahatma Gandhi when he said: "Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need but not every man's greed". We the humankind are surely and slowly progressing towards our destruction. Kerala floods are another example of the misguided priorities of the governments and the people.

    " Be Good and Do Good "

  • #645980
    To a certain extent the present flood in Kerala is a result of ignoring the environment. The State Kerala is just a strip between high ranges (Western Ghats) and Arabian sea. Forty one rivers start from these hilly areas and flow towards West to join the sea. Thus the whole state (around 600 kms in length and 70 km average width) divided into different parts by these rivers. A small change in the water level in these rivers are certainly affecting the neighbouring areas. So when certain dams (39 numbers) are opened srveral rivers will overflow. This become serious when more dams are opened. That is what has happened here.
    However, this time the opening of dams was necessitated because of heavy rain. The human interference in the environment has, of course, added to the calamities, no doubt. As mentioned in the above responses the interference is the result of 'development'. The question here is what is development ? Is it constructing buildings, houses, roads, bridges, etc. All these are needed when a society develops. But a controlled development is what is expected. Now, for example, there are about 3000 people are homeless in Kerala.At the same time there about 12 lakh houses lying vacant. There are a large number of multi storied flats in cities and towns. But in most of them only a portion of these flats are occupied. Now everybody wants road up to his home, since majority own cars or two wheelers.
    For the construction of roads and buildings metal are required. That means rocks from the hill/mountain tops are to be cut and removed for making metal. Just imagine what will be the quantity of rocks removed for erecting a multi storied building. Similarly for constructing roads and bridges also the main loss is for rocks. This removal of rocks affect the strength and control of mountains/ hills. Added to this the trees which are also holding the soil and rocks, get removed for wooden furniture and coal. All these affect the stability of the area where from the rivers start. It implies soil erosion is also taking place. These soil are going into the dam sites and the storage capacity of the dams get reduced. Rain and the shallowness easily help filling the dam reservoir.
    The Gadgil report mainly points towards this and predicted the calamity.

    T.M.Sankaran
    Gold Member ISC


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