Greens oppose hydel projects in Western Ghats

Threat to environment

It was organised by various organisations under the banner of Malenadu Janapara Horata Samithi.

Braving the scorching heat, the environmentalists sat on the boulders of Addahole from noon to 2 pm. They raised slogans urging the State and Union governments to cancel license being given to two mini-hydel projects and protect the forests. When the entry of human beings into the reserve forests is an offense how can the government could give permission for two mini-hydel projects, the questioned.

Addressing the gathering, Kishore of the samithi said the State government has declared both Bisale Reserve Forests and Bajemane Reserve Forests as ‘elephant reserve forests’ way back in 2002. The total area is around 3135.52 hectares and it has housed several endangered species as well as precious medicines plants. Bisale Reserve Forests is one of the well protected forests in the entire country, he added.

Goddu Umesh said the government should not allow any schemes including the hydel projects. The agitation would be intensified if the government failed to revoke all permissions given for the schemes, he added. Karthik of Red Squirrel Association, Ramachandra, Anuganala Krishnamurthy, Sheshappa, Shashi, Supradiptha Yajaman, Anand, Puneet, Tirtha, Hudunuru Mallesh, Lingaraj and Sriram were present.

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