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The state wildlife board has decided to scrap the Rs 27,000 crore integrated steel plant of 6 million TPA (tonnes per annum) capacity proposed to come up in Bellary district adjoining the Daroji Bear Sanctuary.
After many deliberations and field visits, the state wildlife board and forest officials found that the site location was within the proposed eco-sensitive zone of the bear sanctuary.
The proceedings of the fourth meeting of the state wildlife board conducted by former CM B S Yeddyurappa on July 26 quoted the issues as: “Some part of the proposed areas include reserved forests, deemed forests and fall within the proposed eco-sensitive zone of Daroji Wildlife Sanctuary.
Within a 10 km radius of the proposed site, are forests like Joga and Billakallu, Donimalai and Torangallu reserve forests.