NEW DELHI: Union Environment and Forests Ministry entrusted a high level panel to implement the report of Kasturi Rangan in connection with the protection of Western Ghats. The panel will be headed by the secretary of the environment and forests ministry. Other members will be decided later.
The panel in its next meeting to be held on November 12 will take steps to execute the report. Kasturi Rangan panel has recommended protecting 37% of the Western Ghats. As per that, the centre has started taking steps to protect 60,000 acres of the area. Mining, construction of town ships etc. have been banned in the protected areas.