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Ghats

(gŏts) [Hindi,=steps], two mountain ranges of S India, paralleling the coasts of the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal and forming two sides of the Deccan plateau. Anai Mudi (8,841 ft/2,695 m) is the highest peak in the two ranges, which are joined by the Nilgiri Hills in the south. The Western Ghats, c.1,000 mi (1,600 km) long, extend SE from the Tapti valley, N of Mumbai, to Kanniyakumri (Cape Comorin) at the southern tip of India; a formidable barrier, they have only one major break, the Palakkad, or Palghat, Gap. The western side of the range, which receives heavy rainfall from moist monsoon winds, has lush tropical vegetation and dense hardwood forests; the eastern side is relatively dry. The Western Ghats are the watershed for S India's main eastward-flowing rivers, the Godavari, Krishna, and Kaveri. Short, steep westward-flowing streams provide hydroelectricity to west-coast cities. The Eastern Ghats, a series of hills c.900 mi (1,450 km) long, extend SW from the Mahanadi valley to the Nilgiri Hills; the highest elevations are at the northern and southern ends. Numerous rivers cut across the Eastern Ghats and are used for hydroelectric-power generation and irrigation. The range has valuable hardwood trees.
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10,000 crore for development of ghats, crematoria, waterbodies, parks, sanitation facilities, public amenities and river front which need additional funding.
The species combinations differ greatly along the Western Ghats and the rich plant growth attracts many birds, butterflies and other insects.
While the Gadgil committee had designated the entire Western Ghats range as Ecologically Sensitive Area (ESA), the Kasturirangan panel recommended that only 37 per cent of the total area be brought under ESA.
The widespread violence across the state was stoked by fears that tens of thousands of people will be affected by the implementation of the Kasturirangan report which suggests various measures to protect the ecologically fragile areas of the Western Ghats, part of which runs through Kerala.
The species of Amomum (Cardamom) was discovered from the Silent Valley National Park on the Western Ghats of Kerala.
In the past, many trekkers have lost their way in the Western Ghats.
At Kottiyoor in Kannur, people besieged four forest department officials from Karnataka, apparently mistaking them for officials connected with the Western Ghats study team.
Tenders are invited for Construction of New Ghats and Crematorium along with Renovation of Old Ghats And Miscellaneous works at Sultanganj, Munger and Jamalpur of Bihar under Namami Gange Programme on behalf of NMCG.
The P candidate from Amethi also added that this happened probably because the town in Uttar Pradesh does not have hotels and ghats like Punjab and Varanasi.
Mumbai: The Western Ghats, a mountainous ridge running parallel to the west coast of India's peninsula and believed to be older than the Himalayas, has finally made it to the list of Unesco's World Heritage Sites.
In the footage, which was aired by a private news channel, Gorebal said that that the Maoists were now attempting to spread around the Western Ghats in Karnataka.
Leaders of the two parties went all out to appease the community -- comprising migrants from Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh -- with their eye on the upcoming Delhi assembly elections " There are around 72 main ghats and 500 small ghats which saw approximately 12 to 15 lakh devotees.