Udupi: Kandla forest not only prevent erosion of river areas but also prevent disturbances like floods and tsunamis. Union Minister Shobha Karandlaje said that the green Kandla area is not only a heaven for aquatic creatures but also for bird species.
She was speaking after inaugurating the kandla forest sapling planting programme organised by the Forest Department, Mangaluru Circle Kundapur Division, as part of World Environment Day-2023, near Srinaga Jattigeswara Temple on Kodi Bridge in Kundapur.
“It is a matter of concern that the world is increasingly dependent on the use of plastic in a young age like globalization and we also need to focus on the use of eco-friendly materials,” she said. she urged the young generation to take care of afforestation, environmental cleanliness, environment protection, and develop an interest in planting and nurturing saplings. She assured that the central government would take steps to solve the problem of CRZ act for the benefit of the people, she said.
Kundapur MLA Kiran Kumar Kodgi said that the forest department’s initiative to plant about 1.5 lakh saplings Kadla forest at the banks of the river was an act of adventure.
Ahead of the event, Union Minister Shobha Karandlaje took a boat to the river and inspected the Kandla Forest.
Karkala Wildlife Division Deputy Conservator of Forests Ganapathi K, Coastal Regulation Zone Regional Director Sripathi B S, Kundapur Range Forest Officer Babu and others were present. Kundapur Sub-Division Deputy Conservator of Forests Uday M. Nayak welcomed the gathering.