Lok Adalat sets June 10 deadline for report

Lok Adalat sets June 10 deadline for report

The deputy commissioners were also given six months’ time to submit affidavits at the next Lok Adalat on December 3, on the follow up action taken on various issues discussed at the current adalat.

The Lok Adalat comprising High Court Judge N K Patil and environmentalist Yellappa Reddy focused on solid waste management, organic pesticides and other environment related issues. The deputy commissioners  of Shimoga, Tumkur, Davangere, Chitradurga, Kolar, Chikkaballapur, Ramanagara, Bangalore Urban and Rural districts made presentations.

Expressing dissatisfaction over the development in Shimoga, Yellappa Reddy asked deputy commissioner V Ponnuraj not to submit reports just to hoodwink the Adalat.  Since Shimoga was rich in biodiversity, the DC should to make steps to conserve forest tracts, he said.

B V Basavaraj of Davangere was questioned on the maintenance of toilets in government schools. He said an NGO was looking after the cleanliness issues. Yellappa Reddy suggested to him to convert fallow (gomala) land into pastures to provide fodder for cattle.

Chikkaballapur deputy commissioner N Manjula was quizzed about the encroachments on forest land. The Adalat expressed dissatisfaction on the sanitary system there. The DC complained of urban local bodies’ (ULBs) non co-operation in executing the work. Regarding silk waste disposal, Yellappa Reddy told her to seek the animal nutrition department’s help to convert it into fish feed.

Man-animal conflict, particularly intrusion of wild elephants into farms around Anekal and Bannerghatta came up for review. The Lok Adalat suggested fencing 1,000 acres of gomala land to prevent human encroachment.  Yellappa Reddy suggested deputy commissioner M K Aiyappa to widen elephant corridors to conserve the Asian elephant habitat.

The deputy commissioners of Tumkur, Ramanagara and Kolar were pulled up for lapses in water conservation in view of the acute water scarcity. The Lok Adalat commended Chitradurga DFO Srinivas’s work in constructing checkdams and tanks. Deputy commissioners should emulate him, it said. 

Bangalore Rural deputy commissioner R K Raju was asked why many development works were not implemented. He said the district depends completely on borewell water but the ground water was depleted. The Adalat advised him to adopt the Chitradurga model to rejuvenate tanks and build check dams. Raju also cited the problem of unauthorised slaughter houses.

Kolar CEO Shantappa was pulled up for not implementing many projects.  

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