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?