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Mangaluru: From 2001-17, state lost 3000 hectares of forest

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | GURURAJ A PANIYADI
Published May 16, 2019, 3:58 am IST
Updated May 16, 2019, 3:58 am IST
Forests in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi worst hit due to unbridled developmental activities.
With the green cover steadily declining, in the Ghats, coastal districts have been facing a severe water crisis
 With the green cover steadily declining, in the Ghats, coastal districts have been facing a severe water crisis

Mangaluru: The data of Global Forest Watch, which reveals  that Karnataka lost 3,000 hectares of green cover between 2001 and 2017,  has raised concern among environmentalists,  who have long been demanding better protection of forests and trees in cities.

Going by the GFW report,  Dakshina Kannada and Udupi are the worst hit kn Karnataka ,losing about 955 hectares and 857 hectares respectively in the years in question. National Environment Care Federation state general secretary, Shashidhar Shetty blames the unbridled development of the Western Ghats for the loss of green cover in the state.

 

"The Western Ghats is seeing  hydel power plants and the Yettinahole river diversion, construction of resorts and homestays, dams and roads, which have taken away  a lot of its forests," he laments. Also blaming over-exploitation  of  river water by farmers, he says they are responsible for the declining groundwater  table , which in turn  decreases its natural green cover.

With the green cover steadily declining, coastal districts of the state have been facing a severe water crisis for the  last few years, he points out. Mr Shetty notes that things are an even worse in cities. "The greenery in cities is being cleared in the name of road widening, construction of footpaths, storm water drains and so on.. What is even more alarming is that the advertisement mafia is trying to kill or chop  trees, which come in the way of its hoardings!" he regrets.

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Location: India, Karnataka, Mangaluru




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