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Karwar: The Western Ghats Task Force and the Forest Department have jointly planned a special project to develop the biodiversity and forest in the coastal Karnataka. This project would cover the 298-km stretch and will be implemented in a phased manner, said Anant Hegde Ashisar, chairman of the task force.
Mr. Ashisar told presspersons here on Friday that the project would cover 24 places of four forest ranges of Uttara Kannada, Dakshina Kannda and Udupi districts.
Building of green walls to control sea erosion would be given priority and coastal forest and biodiversity project would encourage the fishermen, sea farers and other social organisations of the area to participate in it, he said.
Priority would be develop coastal areas on the model of Western Ghats Development Project, he said.
Development of the nurseries, tourism, protection of kandla trees development and organic farming would be given priority, he said.
Eco-sensitive areas in the coastal areas would be identified and stress would be on pollution control and awaking of environment, he said.
A meeting of the experts would be held in Karwar, Mangalore, Bangalore, Kundapur, Udupi, and in Honnavar in three phases to study the environmental hazards in coastal Karnataka.
The budget of 2009-10 had been finalised and the estimated plan of Rs. 5.74 crore prepared.
Additional Deputy Commissioner Narasimha Murthy was present.
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