BENGALURU: The Regional Empowered Committee of the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests has recommended renewal of diversion of 24.5 hectares of forest land for granite quarry operations. The quarried material will be used for construction of Karwar Seabird project Phase-II A.
In this regard, the state government had made a revised proposal on May 25. The proposed area falling in Aligadda Hill in Uttara Kannada district comprises 49 trees and bushy growth with herbs. The Karwar DCF had reported that the proposed area, being close to Arabian Sea, needs Coastal Regulation Zone approval.
But ruling out all objections, the REC stated, “The proposed area for Phase-II A does not fall or is part of any sanctuary or tiger reserve while the DSS analysis of the forest area to be diverted was found as inviolate as it falls in the coastal belt.