Stop the cutting of 666 trees at Padil, Mangalore to make way for a new DC Office Complex.
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Depletion of green cover has already led to climatic changes like shortage of rainfall, droughts and high temperatures in the southern district of Dakshina Kannada. The city of Mangalore falls in-between two agro-climatic divisions. One the Coastal belt and another the Malnad (Western Ghat) region. The Malnad region has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the eight "hottest hot-spots" of biological diversity in the world.
Agriculture, which was once a major occupation of the people of Dakshina Kannada, has taken a backseat because of the influx of money from natives settled in other cities, states and countries. Farms and fields are being converted into residential plots and commercial (shopping) complexes to accommodate urban lifestyles. To make matters worse, the local government has sought to construct a new DC Office Complex at a site that is in fact deemed a forest.
According to the definition of 'Deemed Forest' given by the Honorable Supreme Court of India, this land measuring 5.89 acres having 666 trees qualifies to be a 'Deemed Forest'.
Kindly sign this petition to stop the felling of trees and to request the local authority to construct the complex at a site that requires no cutting of trees.
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