Mangaluru, May 19: In the 9 acres of land where the DC office is currently located is at an appropriate place. The building which has been recently constructed has all the required facilities. There is no need to shift the office to Padil. This is a plan to waste the government’s money, alleged Daniel Tauro of National Environment protection union.
Addressing a press meet today, Daniel said; nobody has complained about place or building of the present DC office. The proposal of shifting D C office was discussed only in the review meetings. Neither the review meeting body nor the in-charge minster has the power of deciding about the shift of DC office which is situated in the land belonging to revenue department. Before getting the approval in the cabinet meeting, to build the office in the land belonging to forest department, the RTC of the proposed land has been changed, said Daniel.
Daniel Tauro said, currently the place where the DC office is situated is very convenient for the public’s as the bus stand is close by. It will cause inconvenience to the public after the DC office gets shifted to Padil. People used to hold agitations in front of the DC office urging for their demands. As Padil comes on the national highway, protests cannot be organized there, he said.
Proposed land for the DC office in Padil belongs to the forest department and has 478 trees belonging to various families. As it is a deemed forest, it has to be protected. The land provides shelter for various animal species. If the DC office has to be constructed in this land, many trees have to be removed. This will destruct the environment. Meagre greens are found in the outskirts of the city. If private parties begin felling trees in their land, we cannot stop them. To maintain balance in the environment, the trees present in the government land should be protected, he said.
In this regard, a case is also filed in the court urging not to shift the present DC office, said Daniel.
President of National Environment protection union, Dinesh Holla, Secretary Sashidhar Shetty, Kateel Dinesh Pai, and Raghava were present in the press meet.