The Malenadu Janapara Horata Samiti has urged the Centre to reject the report on the Western Ghats by the high-level working group headed by K. Kasturirangan, and instead implement the recommendations of the Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel headed by Madhav Gadgil.
Samiti president Kishor Kumar told presspersons that Mr. Gadgil being an ecology scientist, his report was extensive and his recommendations against any development project in the Western Ghats were welcome as they would ensure conservation of biodiversity in the Western Ghats. However, Mr. Kasturirangan’s report had taken a contrary view on the development projects. Environmentalist H.P. Mohan alleged that a strong industrial lobby was responsible for formation of the K. Kasturirangan-headed high-level working group and framing the recommendations in favour of development projects in the Western Ghats.