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Forest Ministry permits felling of nearly 5000 trees for Yettinahole Project

Forest Ministry permits felling of nearly 5000 trees for Yettinahole Project

Mangalore Today News Network

Bengaluru, Oct 13,2016:  The Union Forest Ministry has permitted felling of trees and to utilise forest lands for the controversial Yettinahole Project aimed at supplying drinking water to parched districts. With this a major hurdle in the implementation of the project has been cleared.

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The Ministry has permitted conditional felling of trees in 13.93 acres land in Sakleshpur forest limits. Meanwhile, the State Forest Department has permitted felling of 4995 trees and 1332 bamboo trees in the same limits and transport the same to Hassan.

It may be recalled here that there was a huge controversy  earlier alleging that the  trees were being felled to facilitate the project without seeking the approval of the Forest Department though the state government had in its affidavit before the  Green Tribunal had stated that trees would not be felled without the permission of the Forest Department .

The condition now laid down by the Forest Ministry for felling of trees is that the land should belong to the Forest Department itself after the same is utilised for the project, an equal  measure of forest  should be developed and that the  40 acre land presently utilised as a dumping land  should be developed later. Other conditions laid down include that water should be pumped  only from June 15 to October 31 and that 15 cusecs water should be allowed to flow naturally. A total of 53 such conditions have been laid down.

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Avinash Anchan, Mangalore Sun, October-23-2016, 7:36
This B!^#^#* CM has clearly told to complete the project ASAP. If anyone try to stop.he will handle the situation. This signing petition won’t work. Case has been filed and work is still going on. When it comes to normal public.rules are diff. Why do you think they came up with plan of concrete road. Nothing but they wanted to divert traffic during blast activity for dam. It was all well planned. Now the concrete road is not completed either Thrs huge money involved in this. Sadly we have to fight like kaveri issue in future to release water :(
Sreesha, Mangalore Sat, October-22-2016, 10:34
We should protect our forest.
Subraya Krishna Bhat, Mangaluru Sat, October-22-2016, 10:29
Is there no way to stop this madness!
Ramesh Patil, mangaluru Thu, October-13-2016, 3:14
Generally for every ten trees we have to plant a tree at least. How will Ramanath Rai grant permssion for felling of trees
Vishal R, Uchila Thu, October-13-2016, 12:10
Hey Tina should we be how we are for years and years ? If this was the case there would be forest everywhere.
Tina S, Manipal Thu, October-13-2016, 12:03
We are facing the problems of less rainfall , humidity etc because of our craze towards development.
Rakshith S, Urva Wed, October-12-2016, 11:57
Rai being the Union Forest Minister how can he give permission for cutting of trees.
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