Minister turns down request of Diddalli tribals for sites in reserve forest

District Minister M R Seetharam on Thursday turned down the request of Diddalli tribals for sites at Devaramucchi reserve forest in the district.

The minister advised the tribals against being misled by others. “If the government allots sites for the rehabilitation of the tribals in forest area, the minister and officials concerned wil be jailed along with chief minister for violating forest laws.”

The minister told tribals that the district administration has already identified lands to develop sites at three places, and the beneficiaries selected through lottery  should settle down at the sites allotted by the administration.

Earlier, the minister laid foundation for the concretisation of Igguthappa Temple Road at an estimated cost of Rs 2.85 crore.  The minister told the executing agency to complete the works before the onset of monsoon.

A group of residents complained to the minister that Tamara Resort management has closed the road leading to their locality.

The minister directed the Revenue officials and the police to take appropriate action in this regard. Any inconvenience to public movement will be strictly dealt with in accordance with law, he added.

MLC Veena Achaiah, Kodagu DCC president T P Ramesh, Deputy Commissioner Richard Vincent D’Souza, Assistant Commissioner Dr Nanjundegowda and other officials were  present.

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