Karnataka against Western Ghats' world heritage tag
Karnataka says UNESCO's declaration of Western Ghats as world heritage sites would affect development work.
Bangalore: Karnataka on Wednesday said the state was against UNESCO declaring 10 spots in Western Ghats as world heritage sites as it would affect development work. Minister for Forest CP Yogeshwar said in Bangalore that though the state had opposed the proposal, the Centre has gone ahead with the notification.
Development efforts will be hit if these places were declared as world heritage spots and people living there would face hardship, he said. Yogeshwar said he would discuss the issue with the Chief Minister later in the day.
BJP MLA DN Jeevaraj, who hails from Chikmagalur district, located in the Malnad region of the state, which passes through the Western Ghats, also opposed the UNESCO decision.
The state had in 2011 written to the Centre that the spots falling in western ghats in Karnataka should not be declared as heritage centres.
UNESCO's World Heritage Committee included India's 1600-km Western Ghats mountain chain in its list of world heritage sites recently for being one of the eight "hottest hotspots" of biological diversity.