Karnataka Rajya Rubber Belegarara Hitarakshana Vedike president Sridhar G. Bhide and a member of the Rubber Board, Kottayam, N. Padmanabha, have urged the State Government to provide rubber planters the compensation to be fixed by the board for cutting rubber trees, for laying a 400 kv power supply line between Nandikoor and Bangalore.

They said that the Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Ltd. (KPTCL) was laying the line which passed through Udupi, Dakshina Kannada, Chikmagalur, and Hassan districts. Some rubber trees of many planters would have to be cut.

Both said the KPTCL was not deciding the compensation. They said that the vedike had appealed to the Board to decide the compensation based on the cost of land and the cost of production, for which its chairman had agreed.

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