I am considered 'Ravana' to development projects, says Jairam Ramesh

"I am being considered as Ravana to the development projects," Ramesh told the NGOs at the sixth public consultation organised about the Green Mission at Indian Forest Management Institute here.

Without naming anyone, the Minister said he was being considered as a person putting hassles to development projects. "Our department is being shown as the enemy of development which was not the case," he said.

Ramesh had in recent months come under attack from Road Transport and Highways Minister Kamal Nath over construction of highways through forests in Madhya Pradesh and Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel for "delay" in construction of Navi Mumbai airport.
"The biggest challenge for us is to strike a balance between environment and development," Ramesh said.

The Minister said he was winning praises from NGOs and other people with regard to environment protection but was at the receiving end from others whom he did not name.
Power generation, highways and other development work are bound to take place, he said adding the country needs power to progress. Ramesh said development work had "inflicted the worst damage" to the enviroment and forest in Goa.However, he said afforestation and re-greening should be taken up to make up the loss.

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