M.I. Shanavas, MP, urged the Centre to reject the Madhav Gadgil committee report on Western Ghats that would allegedly retard the development activities of the State.

If the recommendations in the report are implemented, it will adversely affect people in six States, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Maharashtra, and Gujarat, a release here quoted his speech in Parliament on Wednesday.

Mr. Shanavas alleged that the 56 directives in the report would hit the normal life of people in 36 taluks out of the total 63 in the State. The suggestion of the committee to hand over the security charge of the ecological issues from the State governments to the Western Ghats Ecology Authority (WGEA) would badly affect the administrative system of the State, he said.

‘New Act unnecessary’

The bureaucratic set up of the WGEA would be a threat to the federal set up of the country too. There was no need of implementing a new Act for the conservation of ecology as there were 10 State Acts and 29 Central Acts in the country for the purpose, Mr. Shanavas said.

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