JSP to hold a two-day workshop on the report in Ranebennur

The Jan Sangram Parishad (JSP) has urged the Union and State governments to accept and implement the report of Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel, which was submitted to the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests in August 2011.

Addressing presspersons here on Friday, JSP convener S.R. Hiremath said the report had come out with concrete steps to conserve the Western Ghats. This issue does not pertain only to the Western Ghats, but to the very existence of the entire peninsula, he said, adding that if the ecology of that region was disturbed, the effects would be felt throughout the State.

Mr. Hiremath called the region “the backbone of the ecology as well as economy of the State”. Any ecological imbalance there would affect 20,000 acres of farmland, 25 towns and as many as 300 villages. The drinking water problem in Bangalore would only escalate, he said. Krishna and Narayanpur reservoirs may not be filled if the ecological imbalance in the Western Ghats affects the rivers, he said.

The JSP would organise a two-day workshop on the panel’s report at Ranebennur from June 8, he said.

River diversion

Mr. Hiremath said the JSP would oppose the proposed project to divert the Netravati to provide drinking water to Tumkur and surrounding areas.

He said the panel’s report had also advised against interfering with the river’s flow. Tampering with nature to help the people of one particular region is inadvisable, he said and added that the JSP would support those opposing the Dandavati project.

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