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No mining, polluting units in eco-sensitive zones, says Javadekar

Source: The Hindu, Date: , 2015

Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar held a review meeting with State Environment and Forests Ministers here on Tuesday to review the progress of demarcation of Ecologically Sensitive Areas (ESA) in the Western Ghats region and discuss the further course of action in keeping with the recommendations of the 2013 Kasturirangan Committee report.Mr. Javadekar said that as per the report, commercial mining and polluting industries would be strictly banned in areas identified as eco sensitive zones.The meeting was attended by Environment Ministers of Karnataka, (Ramanath Rai) and Gujarat (Mannubhai Patel), and senior environment and forests department officials of Goa, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Mr. Javadekar said that earlier people were misled to believe that the Kasturirangan report would destroy the livelihood prospects of people living in the Western Ghats forest regions, but such rumours should not be believed.

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