SC asks to file counter-affidavit to plea to protect Western Ghats
The Supreme Court on March 18 directed the Environment Ministry to file its counter affidavit on the petition filed by minor M Kavya, a resident of Nilgiris.
An overview of the news
The petition sought judicial intervention to save the Western Ghats from destruction.
The petition is pending for the last two years after the apex court issued notice in 2020.
About Western Ghats
The Western Ghats are also known as the Sahyadri Hills.
It is a mountain range that covers an area of 160,000 km2.
The entire range of hills from Tapi to Kanyakumari is known as the Western Ghats.
The Western Ghats is one of the four global biodiversity hotspots in India.
The Western Ghats are made up of a range of mountains in the states of Kerala, Maharashtra, Goa, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
It is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Anamudi peak in Kerala is the highest peak in the Western Ghats.
According to UNESCO, the Western Ghats are older than the Himalayas.
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