The Karnataka tourism division rolled out a strategy to market helicopter tourism in the state and the project was to commence with Mysuru. However, there are some controversies following the objection to this project by atmosphere activists and the royal household of Mysuru as they questioned the proposal to reduce trees for the project. The IE report highlighted that there are more than 150 trees that will be reduce in front of Lalitha Mahal Palace Hotel. These trees are spread more than 4 acres of land in Kurubarahalli. However, the axing of these trees is becoming objected to and more than 73,000 persons have signed up an on the web campaign against it.
Pramoda Devi Wadiyar, who is a member of Mysore royal household, has written a letter to the Conservator of Forest, Mysuru division, which sought focus to a writ petition that she had filed in the Karnataka High Court back in 2020 exactly where the court held that the house in Kurubarahalli is a private house.
Wadiyar stated that thinking of the court’s judgment, axing the trees in the proposed location is unauthorised and can be thought of as trespassing. She urged the division to drop the unauthorised activity else she “will be constrained to take steps” in order to safeguard her interest to save the trees from becoming felled.
Karnataka Tourism Minister CP Yogeeshwara had created a statement last month that they want to commence heli-tourism in the state with improvement beginning from Mysuru quickly. Apart from this, the state tourism division is thinking of other regions in the state- Belagavi, Bengaluru and Kalaburagi. According to the minister, helicopter tourism has been a dream for extended and for that reason, concerned officials have been directed to make arrangements for the improvement of a helicopter terminal in Mysuru. These rides are anticipated to be presented at economical fees.
However, environmental activist MK Saptha Girish believes that the building of the helipad next to Lalit Mahal is not viable, might fail to attract vacationers to the city and is not very good for sustainable improvement. Girisj stated that the 60 acres of land host vegetation as effectively as 40 species of host plants exactly where more than 180 species of butterflies can be discovered. Here, the State Butterfly, the Southern Birdwing can also be discovered which is recognized as the most significant butterfly in India.
Apart from this, the location is dwelling to other uncommon species which includes Malabar Banded Peacock, Indigo Flash, Scarce Shot Silverline, Common Shot Silverline, Red Flash, Lime SwallowTail, Red Helen, Western Striped Albatross, Striped Pierrot, and more.
To be certain, the Forest division of the location has now sought public opinion and objections in this regard can be brought forward till April 23 this year. This selection has been created as the Karnataka Tree Conservation Act case 8 (3) states that if there is a want to reduce more than 50 trees, public opinion will be invited and taken in consideration.