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Western Ghats: Kasturirangan report rocks Kerala assembly

CPM-led LDF opposition members in Kerala on Wednesday disrupted proceedings in the house, seeking a debate on the Kasturirangan committee report on Western Ghats conservation forcing the speaker to adjourn the assembly for an hour. LDF members were irritated over the Centre’s assertion before the National Green Tribunal on Tuesday that order restricting industrial activities and mining in ecologically sensitive areas (ESA), as specified by the report, stands.

They alleged that it was contrary to the assurance given by the Centre that the Kasturirangan report suggestions would be implemented only after considering the state’s views. Unruly scenes were witnessed when five slogan shouting MLAs from the high range region, including a woman MLA, Bijumol from Idukki district, climbed the speaker’s podium while many others moved to the Well of the house demanding a debate on the issue.
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