The National Green Tribunal Tuesday said that it is no longer mandatory for the environment ministry to refer to Gadgil panel`s report while deciding applications for clearance for projects in permissible areas of the Western Ghats.
Western Ghats is one of the identified hotspots of biological diversity globally and has many endemic species of flowering plants, endemic fishes, amphibians, reptiles.
Kerala has raised serious objections to the Madav Gadgil Committee report on the Western Ghats conservation, arguing that many of its recommendations would adversely affect the state`s interests.
Kerala today said it cannot accept recommendations of the Madhav Gadgil report on Western Ghats.
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