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No hurdles for DC office at Padil: DCF

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Mangaluru: A district level meeting of the Deemed Forest Committee in connection to the establishment of the proposed Deputy Commissioner’s office on 5.89 acre land at Padil here was held at the DC’s office on Tuesday, February 23. The meeting was chaired by Deputy Commissioner AB Ibrahim himself. Following this meeting, a report will be submitted to the Revenue Divisional Committee chaired by the Regional Commissioner, Mysuru.

This report will then be sent to the government following which the proposal for the new DC’s office will be taken to the next level.

Today’s meeting was called as a few environmentalists headed by Advocate and Founder of Animal trust Care Suma R Nayak, had raised objection regarding the felling of trees in the land for the construction purpose.

District Deputy Conservator of Forests HT Hanumanthappa, said that any given piece of land cannot be used for commercial purposes if it comes in the purview of notified forest or statutory forest. Also, if the land is registered as a forest land in the government RTC dating 1980 or before, the land will be considered as deemed forest. However, the land earmarked for the DC’s office does not fall under any of the above categories and hence can be used to construct the DC’s office.

To the objection that the land in dispute houses several trees which are above girth at breast height (gbh) of 30 cm, he said that an area of two hectares and above having at least a density of 50 naturally grown trees per hectare of gbh of 30 cm and above (OR) all plantations on government lands of an area of two hectares (4.94 acre) and above with a minimum density of 100 planted trees per hectare of gbh of 30 cm and above will be considered as deemed forest and hence it cannot be felled.

However, there are 386 trees above 30 gbh and another 38 coconut trees, out of which 66 are naturally grown and 320 are planted in the 5.89 acre land and hence the project does not violate law, Hanumanthappa added.

To this, Suma raised an objection that the officer’s statement that 320 trees are planted, do not have an evidence as it could be naturally grown as well. She urged for a survey report of the land which she is expected to receive by tomorrow morning. The DC gave Suma, 24 hours time to file her objection in writing and submit it to him. He assured that her objections will be recorded in his report which will be sent to the Revenue Divisional Committee.

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