In a major victory to the efforts to protect UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF) has notified 56,825 sq km of the Western Ghats spread along a 15,000km in six states as ecologically sensitive area (ESA).

The draft notification, ifit gets final clearance, will ban activities including constructions, mining, quarrying and sand mining.

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