Death warrant for 1 lakh trees after HDK okays mining lease

Union Minister for Steel Kumaraswamy justified the approval of leasing 401 hectares of virgin forest to Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Limited, saying the process was started much earlier.

BySouth First Desk

Published Jun 21, 2024 | 2:30 PMUpdatedJun 21, 2024 | 2:30 PM

HD Kumaraswamy reportedly promised the people of Sandur in 2018 that mining activities would not be allowed in a three-kilometer radius of the Kumaraswamy temple. (Bommanna Yadav/Wikimedia Commons)

Steel and Heavy Industries HD Kumaraswamy is mired in a controversy after approving a mining lease favouring the Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Limited which had applied for mining 401 hectares of pristine forest area at Sandur in Karnataka’s Ballari district. The approval drew criticism from environmentalists as it contradicted an earlier promise to protect the region from environmental degradation.

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