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Action soon to clear encroachment atop Chamundi Hills: Minister

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Mysuru: District incharge Minister S T Somashekhar has promised to take up encroachment atop Chamundi Hills on priority with Revenue and Forest ministers to clear it at the earliest.

Speaking after watering a sapling at JP Nagar Park to mark the World Environment Day here on Friday, Minister Somashekhar said that he was aware of the rampant encroachments atop Chamundi Hills.

He will discuss the issue with the ministers concerned soon and fence the forest land atop the hill.

Scion of erstwhile royal family, Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar who was also present emphasised on bio-diversity conservation. He urged the gathering to work towards nature conservation, even if its a small step. These small changes make differences in nature, he added.

Stating that Western Ghats are one of the bio-diversity hotspots identified in the country. These Ghats run through Bandipur and Nagarahole forests too.

Earlier, Chamundi Hill had dense forests but due to pollution the forest cover has depleted. “It’s time, we practiced good habits to save our environment,” said Yaduveer.

On the occasion, he remembered erstwhile Yuvaraja Kanteerava Narasimharaja Wadiyar as today is his birth anniversary. He played a key role in empowerment of backward communities.

He appealed to the people to follow safety guidelines to prevent the spread of Corona Virus.

Deputy Commissioner Abhiram G Shankar stressed that the onus is on people now to fight the spread of the Corona virus. He said people should be responsible especially towards children, senior citizens and pregnant women in these trying times.

MLA S A Ramadass, MLA L Nagendra, City police commissioner Dr Chandragupta, SP C B Ryshyanth, ZP CEO Prashanth Kumar Mishra, MCC Commissioner Gurudatta Hegde, MUDA commissioner Natesh, CCF T Hiralal, DCF Alexander, DCF Prashanth Kumar and others were present.

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