Reversal of Order on Kappatagudda forest to help private firms: Shettar

The government had issued a notification in 2015 by declaring parts of Kappatagudda as conservation reserve going by the ecological aspects. However, on November 4, 2016, the notification was withdrawn to help mining company Baldota group and Encorn power generating company.

He said Ramgad Minerals of Baldota group intends to take up mining activities including gold deposit exploration. The company has submitted an application to the government in this regard. While withdrawing the notification, the government should have sought the Supreme Court’s permission. But this process has not been followed.

“Siddaramaiah had told the delegation that on the recommendation of the Wildlife Board, the notification was withdrawn. The Chief Minister himself is on the board, how can he give such an answer? .We demand the government to reconsider its decision,” he added.

He also said Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister H K Patil, who is from Gadag, is not opposing the move to allow mining. Kappatagudda spreads over taluks of Ron, Gadag and Mundargi.

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