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Committee moots cancellation of EFL Act


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The expert committee constituted for studying the Kasturirangan panel report on Western Ghats has recommended to cancel the Ecologically Fragile Land (EFL) Act and also to exempt populated areas, agriculture areas and plantations from the Ecologically Sensitive Areas (ESAs) demarcated by the Kasturirangan Committee.

According to the panel, the aims of the Act had been achieved already.

The report submitted to Chief Minister Oommen Chandy by State Biodiversity Board chairman Oommen V Oommen, who headed the panel, said that no land should be now acquired in the state  under the EFL Laws.

Full report here New Indian Express

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