HC directs govt. to transfer 11,722 hectares to Forest Department
The High Court of Karnataka has directed the State authorities to transfer inside one month the entries in respect of 11,722.29 hectares of recognized lands of C and D classes in Kodagu district to the Forest Department as was determined 4 a long time in the past to compensate forest space utilised for Harangi reservoir mission.
A Division Bench comprising Justice B.V. Nagarathna and Justice J.M. Khazi issued the course whereas permitting a PIL petition filed by K.A. Ravi Chengappa, President of Cauvery Sene, Madikeri, and C.C. Devaiah of Virajpet of Kodagu district.
The petitioners had identified that the reservoir was constructed throughout Seventies close to Hudgur village in Somwarpet taluk and the federal government had on May 12, 1972, ordered launch of 900 acres of land from the Yadavanadu forest space and three,000 acres from the Atturu forest space to rehabilitate the individuals who had misplaced their lands on account of the reservoir mission.
Also, the federal government in 1972 and 1994 had directed that 18,000 acres of land from the Revenue Department ought to be handed over to the Forest Department to re-compensate the forest land utilised for the reservoir mission, the petitioners stated.
Though orders had been handed in 1972 and 1994 for transferring 11,722.29 hectares of land to the Forest Department, the income authorities, together with the Deputy Commissioner of Kodagu, until at this time had not transferred the information of those lands in favour of the Forest Department, the petitioners contended.
During the listening to of the petition, the federal government counsel instructed the Court that solely formal handing over of lands to Forest Department was not performed whereas clarifying that the Forest Department is at liberty to take cost of the 11,722.29 hectares of lands and the court docket problem such a course.
The Bench, whereas referring to apex court docket’s judgements in T.N. Godavarman Thirupulkpad case on safety of setting and forest lands, stated that the Government was required to transfer these lands to Forest Department because the 11,722.29 hectares of lands had been imply to re-compensate the forest space used for the reservoir mission.