Staff Correspondent

MYSORE: Gundlupet MLA H.S. Mahadeva Prasad said here on Saturday that the State Government had not permitted mining of manganese, kyanite and other mineral ores in block no. 22 of Omkara forest in the Bandipur forest area.

He told presspersons that farmers in villages in and around Bolegowdanakatte forest, also known as Omkara forest, need not worry about losing their land for mining operations.

The Government had refuted the charge of permitting mining in the area, in the Legislative Assembly, he said.