Mysore, Mar. 2 (KK&KMC)-The Association of Concerned and Informed Citizens of Mysore (ACICM) has raised serious objections over the permission given for mining in Mysore's reserve forest region by the State Government recently.

At a meeting attended by MP H. Viswanath at the Institution of Engineers here yesterday, ACICM Convenor M. Lakshman urged the Central Government not to grant permission for mining in the reserve forest region.

The meeting resolved to hold discussions with the MLAs and MLCs of Mysore and Chamarajanagar districts on March 14, along with environmentalists and NGOs and chalk out the action plan.

A letter to Union Forests and Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh was despatched, requesting him not to grant permission for mining in the six reserve forest regions including one at Bolegowdanakatte and quash the permission recently given by the State Cabinet Committee.

Viswanath, in his address, said that he, along with Chamarajanagar MP R. Dhruvanarayan, would raise the issue in the Parliament and added that all the MPs of the State will unite over the cause of environment protection and pressurise the Union Government to prevent mining in the forests of Mysore district.

Chamalapura-like agitation

Lakshman said the ACICM, along with all concerned individuals, organisations and associations, will launch as agitation akin to Chamalapura thermal project that has been presently shelved.

"Plying of vehicles through this forest has been banned and if mining activities begin, the entire forest region will be shrouded under fine powdery dust, just like Bellary," Lakshman said and pointed out that the forest region was rich in biodiversity, having medicinal plants, sandalwood trees and other flora and fauna.

"A spot inspection of the forest region will be conducted along with media-persons on March 4," Lakshman said.

De-reserved

"The forest area was earlier de-reserved by the S.M. Krishna government during 2003 and the BJP government in-tends to take advantage of this. The Lok Ayukta had on Dec. 18, 2008 recommended for making the forest region reserved," Lakshman said.

The Centre had earlier clarified that it had not given permission for mining in block numbers 13, 14, 15 and 17 of Bellary, block number 8 of Shimoga and block number 8 and 22 of Mysore. The blocks have Nugu forest region, Nugu dam, Kabini dam, Bandipur Project Tiger Wildlife Sanctuary, etc.

"The government had dereserved 16 square kilometre area of block no. 22. Once mining activity begins here, the environment will be destroyed and aso rent the social fabric of the region," he cautioned.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore