Nod for removal of dead bamboo

The State Government has given permission to the Forest Department to remove 6,300 tonnes of dead bamboo in the Madikeri and Virajpet divisions of Kodagu.

According to information received here, work on removing the dead bamboo clumps has been entrusted to the Karnataka State Forest Industries Corporation (KSFIC). The recent order of the State Government follows a request made by the Kodagu Conservator of Forests in October last to the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF).

The order stated that in view of the income to the State Government and to prevent the likely forest fires, removal of dead bamboo clumps had been permitted in the two forest divisions. The KSFIC has been asked to levy Rs. 325 per tonne of bamboo, apart from taxes before disposing them of.

According to the Kodagu Conservator of Forests, 5,000 tonnes of dead bamboo was available in the Thithimathi range forest in the Virajpet Forest Division and the rest in the Madikeri Division, 600 tonnes in the Somwarpet range, 500 tonnes in the Kushalnagar range and 200 tonnes in the Shanivarasante range.

-The Hindu

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