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Sadly cutting down close to two lakh trees for Hubballi-Ankola Railway Line

Sadly cutting down close to two lakh trees for Hubballi-Ankola Railway Line
Sadly cutting down close to two lakh trees for Hubballi-Ankola Railway Line

Accordingly the controversial rail infrastructure project connecting Hubballi in north Karnataka and the port of Ankola through the eco-sensitive Western Ghats has come to life again, under curious circumstances. Meanwhile the project, originally proposed two decades ago, was put on the backburner after getting a thumb down from the National Tiger Conservation Authority.

Furthermore it has made to the list of agendas of the Karnataka State Wildlife Board meeting on January 9, which has alarmed environmental activists. Reportedly the meeting, as per protocol, will be chaired by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy and it is being speculated that the government is keen on the project, even though the Railways seems reluctant to pursue it.

Sadly cutting down close to two lakh trees for Hubballi-Ankola Railway Line

Moreover TNM has learnt Forest Minister Satish Jarkiholi has been briefed by top forest officials, who highlighted the environmental damage the project will cause to the local habitat. Accordingly Manjunath J, founder of the Wilderness Club told TNM, “The Railway ministry backed off from the project only last week, where more than two lakh trees are to be felled and if the State Wildlife Board gives the go-ahead, we will fight it out again in the Supreme Court. Global warming is at its peak and natural disasters having become as common as the flu.”

Sadly cutting down close to two lakh trees for Hubballi-Ankola Railway Line
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