BJP protests against eco sensitive zone

Protestors call for mass resignation of elected representatives

The BJP President Puliyanda Bopanna, Akrama Sakrama Samithi President Suju Kushalappa, Subramani led the protest which was attended by hundreds of growers from Balele, Srimagala and Thithimathi.

The protestors started the procession from the bus stand and shouted slogans against the Union government. The protestors also blocked the road at Ponnampet circle for 10 minutes.

Taluk Panchayat standing committee for social justice president Arun Bheemaiah said “Nagarahole, Brahmagiri, Talacauvery and Pushpagiri regions have been identified as eco sensitive zone. About 55,000 hectare area in Nagarahole will come under eco sensitive zone. The zone will also include Hebbale, Thithimathi, Nokia, Badaga, Nalkeri, Kothoru, Kanoor, Balele, Nittur and other villages. With the declaration of eco sensitive zone, no quarry can be carried out in the region. Resorts, railway line, high tension wires, road widening process can not be undertaken in the region. The use of plastics will also be banned in the region.”

Taluk Panchayat former member Addanda Kariappa said “under the proposed project, one can not keep gun for protection. Possessing gun is part and parcel of Kodava culture. In the eco sensitive zone, no vehicles will be allowed to ply after 6 pm. About 10 cents land can not be converted for sites. No plaques can be installed.”

“If the people fail to submit objections to the project within 60 days, the government can implement the proposal without any hassle. There is a need to protest against a proposal which will harm the people of the region,” he said.

Birunani BJP leader Bottangada Raju said “the people of Kodagu are in distress owing to the idea mooted by pseudo environmentalist. The union government is planning to announce Kodagu as forest land and thus try to evict the people.”

RMC former president Moodonda Bose Devaiah alleged that MP Vishwanath is mum over the proposal of the union government. All the elected representatives should tender mass resignation in protest against the proposal.

Zilla Panchayat member Band Ganapathy said all the gram panchayats should resolve to take a decision against the proposal and send the proposal to the Environment Minister.
Tribal leader Pushkara, Zilla Panchayat members Kanthi Belliappa, Rajarao and others were present.

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