As mining smothers Kappattagudda, photo expo makes effort to save the hill

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Bengaluru: Former Lokayukta Justice N Santhosh Hegde inaugurated a special exhibition showing the ill-effects of mining, at Rangoli metro centre, M G Road, Bengaluru on Sunday, February 5.

The exhibition organized by Bengaluru Janajagruthi Kala and Samskruthi Vedike showcased photographs on diverse issues mainly related to environment.

Sudheer Shetty, Social worker and Photographer highlighted the impact of mining on environment in this photo exhibition titled “ Ganigarikege Baliyaytha Kappattagudda Parisara” (Is uncontrolled mining spelling doom on Kapapattagudda environment?)

Environmentalist and Film Director Suresh Heblikar, Social Worker S.R.Hirematt among others were present at the exhibition where pictures were seen speaking in silence drawing attention of visitors to act in haste to protect the environment.

The state government declared the lush green Kappatagudda Hills, also rich in iron and gold ore deposits, a conservation reserve in 2015, making it clear that 89.92 hectares of forests are meant for preservation of their therapeutic plant species. Later, in a strange reversal, the Karnataka Wildlife Board headed by state CM Siddaramaiah withdrew the conservation tag in November last, angering environmentalists and seers who accuse the government of giving in to the pressure from the mining lobby.

The pictures in the exhibition make serious efforts to bring all like-minded people under one banner to save the Kappatagudda Hills to its original pristine glory and urge the state government to restore the conservation tag.

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