'Provide details on encroachment'

Speaking to presspersons here on Friday, he said there is a need to provide complete details on the encroachment to all the departments in the district. Forest land has been encroached in Chikmagalur district. District administration has been directed to provide additional information in this regard. Barring Kadur and Tarikere taluks, 15,000 acre ‘gundu thopu,’ ‘gomala land,’ more than 100 acre land belonging to education department, 34,800 acre forest land have been encroached in the district. As many as 7,846 cases have been registered as per Forest Act. Forest officials have all the powers to initiate action against encroachment of forest land, he added.

The Amruth Mahal Kaval has 17,000 acre land in the district. Of which, 6,500 acre has been encroached. “We also have information on the encroachment of Devarakadu. We will collect more information from the Department of Religious Endowment,” he added.

There were 38,000 ponds in the State. The Task Force has directed the officials concerned to make a list on the encroachment of these ponds. Action will be initiated as per Karnataka Land Revenue Act after the report is submitted. The encroached forest and ponds will be taken back as per Forest Act.

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