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Letter to BS: Protect Western Ghats from turning into a concrete jungle

Already, many parts of the Ghats have suffered due to urbanisation and no more damage to them should be permitted even for rail links.

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The Centre should allot more funds under the Western Ghats Development Programme and the Ghats may also be offered in parts to corporate houses for adoption and maintenance under their CSR spending.

Business Standard New Delhi
This refers to the editorial “Protecting Western Ghats” (July 16). The Western Ghats are abundant in natural resources and the ayurvedic community of Kerala and other states depend mostly on them for their medicinal preparations. Additionally, the hills are home for many species of animals, birds and trees and a source of water across six states. 

Already, many parts of the Ghats have suffered due to urbanisation and no more damage to them should be permitted even for rail links. The most important benefit is that the Western Ghats work as a barrier on the west coast for defence purposes which

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First Published: Jul 16 2020 | 9:45 PM IST

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