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Trees felled for Yettinahole in blatant violation of SC orders

Trees felled for Yettinahole in blatant violation of SC orders

Mangalore Today News Network

Belthangady, Sep 17,2016 :  It has been gathered that a large number of trees are continuing to be axed to facilitate the Yettinahole Project despite the  Green Bench of the Supreme Court issuing clear cut instructions to the Karnataka Irrigation Corporation against felling of trees in the Western Ghats without permission. Meanwhile,  a team led KN Somashekhar who had filed a case in the Green Tribunal against the project along Yatiraju and others  visited the  project site on September 16, Friday and conducted an inspection.


The team visited different places in Sakleshpur where it found that hundreds of trees were axed though  the Corporation had  in its affidavit to the Court on August 29 had stated that just 31 trees were felled. It was further noticed that  trees have also been felled in deemed forest area in hilly places and tough terrains.

The irony is that the State Government which has released Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu  saying it has to adhere to the orders, has in case of Yettinahole Project has not bothered to adhere to the SC ruling.

At a place called Aluvalli a dam work is underway in a place where trees have been axed.  In some places the visiting team found that valuable trees which were felled were being transported. The team even visited the office of GVPR Engineering Ltd.

The team interacted with farmers too and many  alleged that some people belonging to the Hassan District Coffeee Growers Association were  persuading farmers to let land for the company.

Meanwhile, it is being alleged that the Karnataka Irrigation Corporation has given oral instructions to officers against revealing any detail under RTI Act.

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Bharatthesha Alasandemajalu, Puttur Sat, September-17-2016, 12:49
Money and project will not buy endangered biodiversity of Western ghats and Eco system balance. Our central and state environmental ministers are spam at all. Shame to them. ಕೇರಿಯೆರ್ ಮುಕುಲ್
Santhaosh G, Mangaluru Sat, September-17-2016, 12:40
We are harming the mother nature. The trees have taken so many tears to grow so big and we cut them within no time. If we keep on axing trees this way were will we reach . we will suffer from nature its self for our mistake . with money we cannot buy green and fresh breeze. It the gift from nature
Olinda Perirera, kalladka Sat, September-17-2016, 12:33
So many trees are cut down . We ourself are the cause for harming the ecology. The Green Tribunals have shown their concern against it. But Yettinahole is under progress
Vihan S, Kodagu Sat, September-17-2016, 12:29
The project has adverse effect to the people of DK . SC should give the judgement very carelessly. Because bow to their decisions and the welfare of the people should be considered
Irwin D’Souza, Puttur Sat, September-17-2016, 12:18
The large number of trees are being axed and why the drama of planting sapling for Vanamotsava
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