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Road inside Talacauvery wildlife sanctuary opposed by environmentalists

Madikeri, May 29 (UNI) Environmentalists have opposed the Karnataka Forest Department and the Public Works Department’s move to erect concrete pillars and marking of trees to construct a proposed road from Patti to Todikana within the Talacauvery Wildlife Sanctuary near Talacauvery in Kodagu District.
They have urged for immediate stopping of road works in a protected area.
In a letter to Conservator of Forests, Mysuru Circle, T Heeralal and DCF (Territorial and In-charge Wildlife) S Prabhakaran, the Trustees of Wildlife First K M Chinnappa and A A Poovaiah have termed the road works illegal and violates Supreme Court order on National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries.
The letter’s copy has also been sent to Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Head of Forest Force), and Kodagu Deputy Commissioner urging them to halt the road works. “Patti and Todikana are at the core of the Talacauvery Wildlife Sanctuary and such unilateral activities without complete approval on completion of the statutorily mandated procedure (both under Forest Conservation Act and Wild Life Protection Act),” the letter stated.
They have stated that they would be forced to move the Courts and the officers who have given approval to the project would face legal consequences.
A similar attempt was made in 2008 to bulldoze and form a new road. The PWD had submitted a proposal for the diversion of 32-acre forest land to develop Madikeri-Kadamakallu-Subramanya Road at a cost of Rs 10 crore. A total of 11 km stretch (Vanachalu to Kadamakallu) would pass through Kadamakallu Reserve Forest, a part of Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary.
Proceedings were also initiated against the then Deputy Commissioner, the then Conservator of Forests and three elected representatives of Kodagu District and the matter is sub-judice. Also, it has been reiterated by the Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change (MoEF&CC) that new roads shall not be proposed inside National Parks and Sanctuaries,” it was stated in the letter.
The Trustees of Wildlife First have pointed out that there is evidence that work of embedding concrete pillars after survey, marking of trees for felling have been carried out on Patti-Todikana road in violation of law and orders of the Supreme Court.
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