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EC nod to Centre for notification on Ghat’s report

In a shot in the arm to the ruling Congress-led UDF in the state ahead of Lok Sabha polls, the Election Commission on Monday accorded sanction to the centre for issuing a draft notification addressing Kerala's concerns on the Kasturirangan Report on the Western Ghats conservation.

The notification is aimed at allaying the fears of the settler farmers in upland areas that implementation of the report would adversely affect them. They have been pressing for exempting 123 villages across the state from the ambit of the Ecologically Sensitive Area (ESA) category as identified by the Kasturirangan report. Chandy said the state government had earlier submitted an experts' panel report which wanted the human settlements, farm lands and plantations to be exempted from the ambit of ESA and ‘all demands of the state have been accepted’.
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