Say no to Hubli-Ankola railway project!

    The team of experts from the Indian Institute of Science appointed by the state
    government to study the environmental impact of the project submitted a report
    within six months is of the opinion that the project could cause severe damage
    to ecology and wildlife in Uttara Kannada district .
    Team coordinator T V Ramachandran on Friday said the team had studied the
    biological diversity, ecology and environment in the region between Hubli and
    Ankola. The railway line will be laid for 163.8 km connecting Hubli to Ankola.
    According to the team, a total of 1,134 hectares of land (727 hectare of forest
    land, 210 hectare of dry land and 179 hectare of wetland will be completely
    degraded with the implementation of the project. It has noted that the rail line
    would pass through the sensitive Tiger reservoir area.
    “The plan mooted by South Western Railway has indicated that 20 stations will
    come up in the 164 km stretch and this would cause more damage to the forest
    area. The project poses threat to the rich flora near Yellapur taluk which is not
    found elsewhere,” Ramachandran said. Further the project could also affect the
    rlephant corridor near Hosalli and Kolikeri, the team said.
    Deforestation to the tune of 20 per cent, landslide during monsoon at Vajralli
    and Yellapur, construction of labour colonies and blasting of rocks could be
    other deterrents for the project, according to the experts.
    So please be concerned about one of our ancient Forests and wildlife which is endemic to our Western ghats, please sign the petition for the better cause.

    Yours faithfully Babaprahlad M Pai.
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