‘It will curtail many development projects in State’

K. Radhakrishnan, former member (Generation) of the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB), has said that the present exercise of a working group examining the report of the Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel (WGEEP) and its demand to the State government to list out the acceptable recommendations can only be seen as “an indirect method to glorify the totally unacceptable WGEEP report.”

Terming the WGEEP report as “prima facie ill intentioned,” Mr. Radhakrishnan said the report, which would fully curtail many developmental works in the State, was to be taken seriously by the government and social organisations of the State.

The constitution of the panel itself was under suspicion and only one ex-officio member for Kerala, that too from the biodiversity side, was included. On the other hand, Tamil Nadu had three members and Karnataka, four. Mr. Radhakrishnan alleged that the lone member from Kerala, V.S. Vijayan, had made no secret of his opposition to the proposed hydro-electric projects in the State.

He said the entire proceedings of the WGEEP were one-sided since all stakeholders were not given sufficient opportunity to present their views.

Mr. Radhakrishnan, who headed the KSEB team while holding discussions with the WGEEP, said the team was invited to a session where a whole lot of environment activists was also invited. This resulted in noisy scenes and no useful discussions could take place.

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