The State government would take up Jala Nirmala scheme at the cost of Rs 1,100 crore in eleven districts of north Karnataka including Bagalkot, Bidar, Belgaum, Bijapur, Dharwad, Gadag, Gulbarga, Haveri, Koppal, Raichur and Uttara Kannada.
At least 74 people died in rain-related incidents in Karnataka since June as the state received 391 mm of rainfall in the last one-and-half months against the normal average of 328 mm, Revenue Minister G Karunakara Reddy informed the assembly today.
Sandhya Hegde Almane
Once, the Bachagaon forest region was famous for theft of timbers. Today, though, it is a plantation full of greenery. All thanks to the Bachagaon village forest committee (VFC), which has become a model to other VFCs by providing firewood to villagers and income to the committee by converting plain land into an acacia plantation.
Despite the challenge of population growth, India has managed to sustain a remarkable record in the preservation of biodiversity. Yet it might be able to achieve even more if the parameters of conservation policy are extended beyond the purview of just sanctuaries and national parks.