'Separate cell to check forest encroachment'

C H Vijayashankar “We are setting up a separate cell to check encroachments. Surveyors, deputy directors and assistant directors (land records) will be deputed for the task,” the minister told reporters here on Friday.

Referring to man-animal conflict in Hassan district, Vijayashankar said a khedda-like operation will be launched to trap straying pachyderms. He said the services of 5,400 forest watchers cannot be confirmed but those working since 1984 would be absorbed into the department.

The ban on monoculture in the State will be first implemented in Malnad and later in coastal and dry land regions, he added.

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