Bangalore, Apr 29 UNI | 3 months ago

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today agreed to set up an experts committee of scientists in Central Power Research Institute to look into the contentious laying of HT line through forest and coffee estates in the state.

Activists and locals had launched a major agitation to protest against the project and demanded its diversion saying that large tract of forest and coffee estates will be deeply affected. It will also lead to cutting down of 53,000 trees.

Mr Siddaramaiah held meeting with stake holders and energy department officials at his home office 'Krishna' and sources said he had agreed for setting up of the committee.

A delegation from Kodagu district met the Chief Minister to discuss about their reservations on laying of high tension power line through Kodagu forests and coffee plantations.

Energy Minister D K Shivakumar and Forest Minister Ramanath Rai too attended the meeting with the delegation comprising Virajpet MLA K G Bopaiah, Madikeri MLA Appachu Ranjan, MLC M.C. Nanaiah, former Minister T. John and others.

The people of the district are protesting against the 400 KV high tension power transmission line to Kozhikode in Kerala.

(Posted on 30-04-2014)