Saturday, March 20, 2010

Forest Dep. opposed Athirappally Project: Jairam Ramesh

NEW DELHI: Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh Saturday stated that many departments in Kerala including Forest Department had sent their reports opposing the Athirappally Project for it invites serious environmental problems.

An officer who was the former Chairman of the State Electricity Board and is the present Principal Chief Forest Conservator had also wrote against the project, said Ramesh. He also revealed that Bio-Diversity Board, Panchayat and NGOs too opposed the project.

Ramesh said the central team would visit Munnar before April 12 to monitor whether any violation of Forest Conservation Act took place.

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