A survey was undertaken jointly by the Sirsi Town Municipality and the Forest Department covering 243.48 hectares of land in Sirsi town limits to ascertain encroachment of revenue and forestlands, for residential and government office buildings recently.
After the survey, 2,769 families had been identified as encroachers, said Sirsi Town Municipal Council president Chandrashekhar Parashu Chandavar.
He told presspersons here on Wednesday that a proposal had been sent to the Deputy Commissioner to convert encroached forestland into revenue land and distribute the same among the eligible beneficiaries.
He said Kanara MP Anantkumar Hegde had convened a special meeting at Ramanguli in Ankola taluk on Thursday to discuss the issue with the Deputy Commissioner and Forest Conservator, Canara Circle. However, he said that as per the direction of the Chief Minister, the encroachers would not be evicted.