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Karnataka Government Okays Railway Line in the Western Ghats

science.thewire.in • May 16, 2020


A view of the Western Ghats. Credit: IWP/Flickr, CC BY 2.0.

On March 20, the controversial Hubballi-Ankola railway line project was cleared at the Karnataka State Wildlife Board (KSWB) meeting in Bengaluru amid protests from members.

The proposed 164.44 km Hubballi-Ankola railway line passes through the Western Ghats, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The project will see felling of 2.2 lakh trees, a move that has been opposed even by the members of the KSWB.