September 6th, 2011
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Gadgil report: Permission denied for Athirappily project

athirappalliNew Delhi: Madhav Gadgil report takes a stand against the 163-MW Athirappilly hydroelectric project proposed by the Kerala State Electricity Board. The report on the environmental impact of the Athirappilly power project has been submitted to the Minister of Environment & Forests, Jayanthi Natarajan. The Gadgil report also takes a stand against the Karnataka Water diversion Gundia project.

The report has identified 18 environmental sensitive areas in Kerala which include Wayanad, Periyar, Munnar, Pooyamkolli, Mundakol, Panangadi, Nelliyambathi and Athirapilly. The report states that the entire Western Ghats are environmentally sensitive. The report has warned against any human interference as it would destroy the ecological balance of the region. The report has specifically warned against the use of any form of pesticides and plastics in such regions.

The Athirappilly-Vazhachal forest in the Southern Western Ghats is home to a magnificent bird, the Great Hornbill. The unique low-elevation (180 m MSL) riparian forest in the Athirappilly-Vazhachal area is the only location where you can find all the four South Indian species of hornbills — the Great Hornbill (the State Bird of Kerala), Malabar Pied Hornbill, Malabar Grey Hornbill, and the Indian Grey Hornbill. The birds have earned the local name ‘Malamuzhakki’.The Athirappilly-Vazhachal forests are the only available nesting location for the threatened Malabar Pied Hornbills (Anthracoceros coronatus) in Kerala.

The report is a respite to nature and environment lovers.




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