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Posted on Nov 29, 10:06PM | UNI
Karnataka Western Ghats Task Force today urged the State Government to clamp a total ban on mining activities in the Western Ghats area and come out with a comprehensive policy for conservation and sustainable development of Western Ghats.
In its recommendations submitted to the Government here today, by the Task Force Chairman Anant Hegde Ashisar, the Task Force said that the ban should include major minerals such as Ironore, Manganese and Bauxite.
Dr T V Ramachandran of Indian Institute of Science, who is also member of the Task Force said that a study on 'Carrying Capacity' had revealed that in the Western Ghats only 40 per cent of ever green forests remain intact and ground water level is depleting day by day due to illegal sand mining, iron ore mining and other activities. Perennial stream have come down affecting fisheries.
He said that there is vast scope for tapping non-renewable energy sources including solar and Bio gas.
Ten per cent of the waste land is sufficient for putting up solar panels to produce needed power to the villages coming under Western Ghats. Like wise 900 villages produce sufficient residue to take up bio-gas. Use of pesticides should be stopped to allow gradual increase in agriculture production.