BJP in Coorg draws flak for opposing the Unesco World Hertiage tag and calling for a bundhJuly 10th, 2012 by Staff Reporter | No Comments »
In for a rude shock after UNESCO declared that certain contagious places in Western Ghats(from Gujarat to Kerala) are World Heritage Site, the political representatives in Coorg have called a bandh on July 12th to oppose its inclusion of the chosen 4 nature reserves from Coorg. In Coorg, four Wildlife Sanctuaries and 1 Reserve Forest was designated World Hertiage Site. They are:- Brahmagiri Wildlife Sanctuary, Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctaury, Talacauvery Wildlife Sanctuary and Padinalaknad Reserve Forest.
Madikeri MLA Appachu Ranjan & BJP District President have said that a bandh will be called on July 12th to oppose the inclusion of the four sites in Coorg, a pressure tactic for the state govt to take notice . The Karnataka Forest Minister, C.P.Yogeshwar has also opposed the tag stating that the tag will encourage Naxalism in the ghats.
Taking note of the development, the baffled environmentalists had a lot to say.
Speaking to The Hindu, Niren Jain, coordinator, Kudremukh Wildlife Foundation said that;
Dinesh Holla, coordinator, Vanya Chaarana Balaga, Mangalore, echoed the statement of Jain and said that:
Taking note of the Forest Minister’s opposition who believes that the tag will encourage Naxalism in the ghats, Leo Saldanha of the Environment Support Group (ESG) told IANS that:
T.V. Ramachandra, professor at the Indian Institute of Science and member of the Western Ghats Task Force told IANS that;
Panduranga Hegde, a leading environmentalist in Karnataka, opined that;
Rohit S. Rao, managing director, Kudremukh Wildlife Foundation, said that;