Karnataka to set up environment varsity in Uttara Kannada
Mangaluru: The Karnataka government has proposed to set up Environment University in Sirsi of Uttara Kannada district.
“For the first time in the state, Environment University will be established in Sirsi. Forest and horticulture colleges are located here. Both these colleges will be affiliated with the Environment University to study horticulture, agriculture, biodiversity, and wildlife protection,” Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said.
He was speaking after laying the foundation stone for various developmental works in Sirsi taluk and felicitation programme of Assembly Speaker Vishveshwara Hegde Kageri on Sunday.
According to the CM, facilities will be provided to study arts, commerce, and science.
"It will be a composite university with a specialization in the environment. The grants will be announced in the forthcoming budget. This is a gift for the people of this region," he said .
"Rs 100 crore has been reserved under the green budget. The money will be utilized on the useful programs of the North Karnataka region,” he asserted.
Bommai assured that there will be no forced eviction of forest dwellers in the state.
“A case related to the protection of rights of the forest dwellers is pending in the Supreme Court and it is in the final stages. An affidavit has been filed in this regard. At any cost, the government will not allow the forced evacuation of forest dwellers,” he said.
The CM also added that the government has decided to establish a super-specialty hospital in Kumta.
For several years people of Uttara Kannada district have been demanding a super-specialty hospital. At present, the people have to depend on Udupi, Mangaluru, or Goa.
“The grants required for the hospital will be released and a foundation stone will be laid for the project soon,” he assured.