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Show cause notice issued to officials on mining in K'taka park

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

Taking serious note of reports on activities in the eco-sensitive Biological Park, Bengaluru urban district deputy commissioner B M Vijay Shankar has served show cause notices on a Tahsildar, and other officers.

The lush green park within the Ragihalli state forest is regarded as an important elephant corridor.

Following and complaints about large-scale of granite stones inside the eco-sensitive zone,Shankar inspected the area Friday.

In his show cause notice, Shankar reminded the seniorgeologist that he was entrusted with implementing the SupremeCourt orders and the forest department's regulations to activities in the eco-sensitive zone.

Yet,quarrying was rampant in Kannaiyana Agrahara in Jigani Hobliaround Biological Park, he said.

"You have stated in your report that no took place. Though you were aware that this was an eco-sensitive zone, it is evident that you did not take effective steps to stop quarrying in the area," Shankar said and asked him to furnish information within three days.

The also warned him of disciplinary action if he failed to provide a satisfactory answer.

The had convened an emergency meeting with officials of various departments Saturday and issued show cause notices mentioning it as urgent, an said.

Wildlife enthusiast welcomed the issuance of the notices which, he said, would be inadequate until the mining activities were stopped permanently.

He said the area was an elephant corridor and quarrying endangers the habitat of wild animals.

Environmentalists too have expressed concern over the in and around the park.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, December 08 2018. 20:20 IST
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