Committee completes hearing on Ghats report
Mr. Oommen said suggestions, concerns and complaints that were aired by the public during the hearings held at 27 sites from Aralam in Kannur to Amboori in Thiruvananthapuram would be assimilated soon. More than 35,000 people had attended the hearings.
Answering a query, Mr. Oommen, who said large-scale, highly mechanised quarrying activities that were a threat to the Western Ghats had come to the committee’s notice during its visits, indicated that the committee might recommend another field survey to ensure accurate demarcation of land since there were complaints that some areas were incorrectly classified as ecologically sensitive areas.
The committee would do this after deciding on whether there was any unscientific classification in the Kasturirangan panel report.The committee would also discuss the classification of environmentally fragile lands (EFL) and include its views in the report, Mr. Pillai said.