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Tree felling for DC office at Padil begins in spite of protests

Mangaluru: After seeking opinion of the public on the proposal to cut down 666 trees to make a way for the DC office at Padil, cutting down of trees began in the city amidst tight police security here on Wednesday.

The felling of the trees began after an approval from the district tree officer for cutting 200 trees. As the proposal of cutting down trees to make a way to the DC office was facing criticism by various environmentalists who argued that cutting the trees will cause serious environmental damages, the area was guarded by a tight police security and no activists were allowed to enter that area.

Speaking to media persons, Suma Nayak, an advocate and an environmentalist said that the tree felling began early Wednesday morning after orders were passed on Tuesday night. She also said that they were not allowed to file objection on cutting the trees. The order was sanctioned to cut 200 trees, but they do not know how many trees were cut as they were prohibited to enter the area.

A public meeting was conducted on January 3 by the forest department seeking opinions from the people on cutting the trees, as it is mandatory by the Karnataka high court and Karnataka Preservation of Trees Act, 1976 in cases where number trees to be felled is more than 50/ hectare. Though more than 200 people submitted their objection, the tree cutting took place on Wednesday.

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