The High Court of Karnataka on Monday ordered status quo on the hydel power project of Maruthi Power Gen (India) Private Limited at Kagneri and Kenchankumari reserve forests of Sakaleshpur range in Hassan district.

The order came after a spot inspection revealed that the company had completed only 20 per cent of the work against its claim to have completed 70 per cent of the work.

Fresh water from WG goes waste

Despite three rivers passing through the district, the 1.4 lakh populace of Hassan is yet to get clean drinking water. Ironically, in areas neighbouring the Western Ghats (WG), which is the source of several rivers, people have to dig more than 300 feet for groundwater.

The total capacity of the Hongadahalla and Yadakumari projects will then be 48 MW

The expert team from the Ministry of Environment and Forests, in its report, has said that the two mini-hydel projects being implemented in Sakleshpur taluk should be treated as one project with a total capacity of 48 MW.The project will then require clearance from the Ministry under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986.

Company violating guidelines, says MoEF panel

The Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) Committee, which visited the mini-hydel power project sites in the Western Ghats following an order of the High Court of Karnataka, has found glaring violation of the Wildlife Act by privately owned Maruthi Power (Gen) India Private Limited (MPIPL).

The High Court of Karnataka on Tuesday directed the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) to file an affidavit for ‘interfering with the court proceedings’ in the matter of setting up a

Experts have made several recommendations to the government including long distance translocation of jumbos to resolve the man-animal conflict in Sakaleshpur taluk of Hassan district.

After a daylong workshop on Saturday organised by the Forest Department, Forest Minister C P Yogeeshwara said, that the experts have suggested that the area which holds small population of elephants is not viable for conservation.

The Karnataka High Court on Wednesday directed the Union government to constitute a special task force to find a solution to the man-elephant conflict in Karnataka, especially at Alur range in Hass

Karnataka has sought Rs 2,605.99 cr

Citing that the drought situation in the State is indeed of a serious nature, the Central team which visited the State to assess the drought situation in December has opined that there is no exaggeration in Karnataka’s claims.

Affected by the continued conflict with elephants, as many as 416 farmers in the cardamom growing region of Sakleshpur in Hassan district came forward to pledge 2,361 acres of farm lands to recreat

The State Forest department has decided to grow over 20 lakh sandalwood trees on 2,000 acres of land at a cost of Rs 50 crore in nine districts of the State.

Forest Minister C P Yogeeshwara told mediapersons on Monday that the project, implemented in Mysore on a pilot basis, would be extended to other parts of the State.