Government committed to protect Western Ghats: Javadekar

Thursday, Sep 10, 2015,22:12 IST By metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | The Government today dismissed reports about any deletion of 3000 km from the Eco-sensitive Zone of the Western Ghats, adding that protecting the zone was it’s priority, besides ensuring sustainable development
Refuting some media reports about the deletion of 3000 km of the eco-sensitive Western Ghats,  Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar clarified that the government had only reissued the 2014 notification stressing that not an inch has been decreased.
Addressing mediapersons here today, the Minister said that the draft notification of the Western Ghats was lapsing as the prescribed 545 days were over and the Government only reissued the 2014 draft notification.
‘So far only Gujarat, Kerala, Karnataka and Goa have given the report while Maharshtra and Tamil Nadu are yet to submit their reports. To avoid any confusion we decided to reissue the 2014 notification with certain clarifications,’
After 60 days a final notification will be issued by the Government after all reports from the States are received.
The Government has issued a fresh draft notification for notifying an Eco-sensitive Zone for the Western Ghats. The fresh draft notification had been issued in supersession of the Notification dated March 10, 2014.