Kerala timber mafia is behind forest fire: former minister


Kerala timber mafia is behind forest fire: former minister

 
05 March 2017

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India —  Summary: “The timber mafia from Kerala has created havoc in Karnataka’s forest areas and the state government has failed to take measures to stop their illegal activities. “Till date there is not a single arrest with regard to forest fires,” he said.The high tension electricity lines which pass through the forest posing danger to wildlife. Similarly, fire stations should be opened near forest areas to attend immediately when there is fire outbreak. Every day after 6pm when vehicles are restricted entering the forest, area timber and cattle are illegally transported. Mysuru: Former forest minister C H Vijayashankar said that timber mafia from neighbouring Kerala is behind the forest fire which destroyed hundreds of acres in the Bandipura Tiger Reserve and neighbouring forest areas and demanded immediate arrest of the culprits.Speaking at a press meet here on Sunday, Vijayashankar said that while towns and cities are reeling under severe drought, fire is destroying forest lands in the state.

Mysuru: Former forest minister C H Vijayashankar said that timber mafia from neighbouring Kerala is behind the forest fire which destroyed hundreds of acres in the Bandipura Tiger Reserve and neighbouring forest areas and demanded immediate arrest of the culprits.Speaking at a press meet here on Sunday, Vijayashankar said that while towns and cities are reeling under severe drought, fire is destroying forest lands in the state. Out of the 175 taluks, over 80% are hit by drought whereas forest fire has been causing destruction on a major scale.”The timber mafia from Kerala has created havoc in Karnataka’s forest areas and the state government has failed to take measures to stop their illegal activities. The government should strengthen men and machines at the forest check posts to prevent illegal activities, else the remaining forest area will be gutted in a few years,” he said.Vijayashankar also said that apart from timber transporters, the forest is used by the cattle mafia as well.

Every day after 6pm when vehicles are restricted entering the forest, area timber and cattle are illegally transported. “Till date there is not a single arrest with regard to forest fires,” he said.The high tension electricity lines which pass through the forest posing danger to wildlife. They should be removed, Vijayashankar said.


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