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06 October, 2007

RTI replies on forest offences etc, Sep 07

Dear WANCers,

Please find below the responses recieved by Ameen's querries filed with the DCF under the RTI in Aug 07.

Some of the responses are very interesting. It has been replied that only 11 dead Jalari trees have been removed from the whole of Tumkur Division since 1997, while it is also replied that 12 Jalari trees have been removed from Devarayanadurga alone during the same period.

Also it has been replied that there has been no Eucalyptus removal from the entire Tumkur Division from 1997 to 2003. But details have been provided for the eucalyptus removed for 1997-98 and 2000-2001. Are you confused? Read on....

Regards,
Ameen


Replies to information asked by Shri.Ameen Ahamed, Ghouse Buildings, Horpet Main Road, Tumkur

Sl No. Information asked Reply
1. How many tree-felling cases have been booked since 1997 till date in the above forests?
A) Devarayanadurga 32
B) Panditanahalli 02
C) R.D Betta 03

2. How many of these cases have been proved in the court?
All compoundable offence cases have been compounded as per power vested with the Deputy Conservator of Forests, Tumkur. The material involved in those cases either released after recovery of value, or confiscated to Government and sold in Public Auction. Revenue remitted to Government.

3. How many forest offence cases including illegal quarrying, illegal sand lifting and encroachment cases have been booked since 1997 till date in the above forests?
Illegal Quarrying: Nil
Illegal sand lifting: 33 cases
Encroachment: Nil

4. How many of these cases have been proved in the court?
All the sand lifting cases have been compounded and released.

5. How many dead trees have been removed since 1997 in the above forests?
Jalari trees 12
Teak 01
Tamarind Tree 01

6. How many Eucalyptus trees have been removed since 1997 in the above forests?
Eucalyptus trees have been extracted by M/s KSFIC, Bangalore. The number of trees
not available. However extent is given below


1997-98 – 74 Ha
2000-01 – 101 Ha
2003-04 – 195 Ha

7. How many trees have been felled for road widening since 1997 in the above forests?
Nil

8. Does the forest department have records of the area of forest cover under Revenue Department adjoining the boundaries of these forests? If yes, how many hectares of forest is controlled by the revenue department?
No forest area is under Revenue Department.
No forest is being controlled by the Revenue Department.


Signed –
Assistant Conservator of Forests &
TA to Deputy Conservator of Forests
Tumkur Division, Tumkur and ASPIO

Replies to information asked by Shri.Ameen Ahamed, Ghouse Buildings, Horpet Main Road, Tumkur

Sl No. Information asked Reply
1. How many forest offence cases including illegal quarrying, illegal sand lifting and encroachment cases have been booked since 1997 from the state and reserve forests of Tumkur Territorial Division?
1) Tree felling 637
2) Illegal Quarrying 50
3) Sand lifting 65
4) Encroachment 274


2. How many of these cases have been proved in the court?
All compoundable offence cases have been compounded and the material confiscated to
Government have been sold in public Auction and revenue remitted to Government
except 71A cases and sandalwood cases.

71 A cases are being tried by the authorized officer and Deputy Conservator of
Forests, Tumkur.

Sandalwood cases have been referred to the concerned jurisdiction Judicial courts.

3. How many dead trees have been removed since 1997 from the state and reserve forests of Tumkur Territorial Division?
Tamarind: 01
Jalari: 11
Teak: 01

4. How many Eucalyptus trees have been removed from the state and reserve forests of Tumkur Territorial Division?
In Tumkur Territorial Division since 1997 to 2003 no Eucalyptus trees were removed in State Forest and Reserve Forest. However since 2003 to 2007 KSFIC have extracted the Eucalyptus trees in the State Forest and Reserve Forest. is as follows:-

2003-04 230.00 Ha
2004-05 1527.00 Ha
2005-06 451.00 Ha
2006-07 81.00 Ha

5. How many trees have been felled for road widening since 1997 from the state and reserve forests of Tumkur Territorial Division?
No trees have been felled for road widening since 1997 to date inside State and Reserved Forest of Tumkur Territorial Division

6. How much money has been spent n roadside tree planting since 1997 inside the state and reserve forests in Tumkur Territorial Division? Nil

7. Does the Tumkur Territorial Division maintain satellite images of the division's forest cover? If yes, what is the period of updating these records?
Not maintained
Not applicable

Signed –
Assistant Conservator of Forests &
TA to Deputy Conservator of Forests
Tumkur Division, Tumkur and ASPIO

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