T.P. Kunhikannan, former president of the Kerala Sastra Sahitya Parishad (KSSP), has said that the recommendations of the Gadgil committee on Western Ghats conservation should be reconsidered in the light of the recent Uttarakhand disaster.
Inaugurating a seminar on ‘the Significance of the Gadgil Committee report on Western Ghats conservation in the light of the Uttarakhand disaster,’ organised recently by the KSSP district committee, Prof. Kunhikannan said blind development activities, ignoring the peculiarities of an ecologically fragile region, were the major reason for the disaster.
While executing development activities in a region, authorities should consider its geographical pattern, he said. But, the State machinery was always trying to flout the restrictions imposed by the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests, he added. Exploitation of nature had increased considerably of late, he said. Humans seemed to forget that they were the beneficiaries of the earth, not its owner.
The Gadgil report never recommended eviction from a particular region, he added.