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Environmentalists’ explanation on land for proposed DC office in Padil incorrect: DC

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Mangaluru: A day after the National Green Tribunal issued clearance to construct the district Deputy Commissioner’s office in Padil amid opposition from a bunch of environmentalists, DC AB Ibrahim on Saturday January 30, said that the district administration is much concerned about the environment and the claims made by the environmentalists are not completely true.

Claiming that the land earmarked for the project is a quasi Bio Diversity Park and that about 478 trees different species will be chopped to setup the DC office, the environmentalists had moved the High Court opposing the decision of the administration.

Giving out details on this, Ibrahim said that the 478 trees are housed in 11.5 acre land. However, only 5.89 acre land out of this has been earmarked for the project. He pointed that most of this comes under the purview of the Social Forestry and consists bamboo trees which will be uprooted as per the legal procedures.

Speaking further he said that the district administration is very much concerned about the forests and that it has developed about 300 acres of land in Pilikula in the past five years, which itself is a mirror to its concern about the environment.

Ibrahim said that the Karnataka Forest Development Corporation Ltd, Revenue Department and himself have addressed letters few departments concerned seeking clearance of all pending documentation so that the building work can be initiated.

He said that the shifting of the DC office was necessary to moderate traffic congestion in the city. He said that the move will help develop Padil adding that people from four taluks in the district will also be benefitted.

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