Forest fires: Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah slams concerned officials for not visiting sites

Forest areas around Bandipur and Chikkamagalur have caught fire due to rising temperatures. Moisture levels in the soil have been causing friction and widespread fire.

As forests in Karnataka continue to burn, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has pulled up officials of the concerned department for not being on the spot.

When during a review meeting of forest officials, Siddaramaiah asked how many IFS officers had visited the areas ravaged by fires, they had no answers.

Forest areas around Bandipur and Chikkamagalur have caught fire due to rising temperatures. Moisture levels in the soil have been causing friction and widespread fire. Water also could not be used to douse the fires as lakes around the area have dried up. Officials also said that high court orders not to clear dead wood have intensified the fires.

WHY DON'T YOU VISIT FOREST FIRE LOCATIONS: SIDDARAMAIAH

Siddaramaiah was so miffed with the forest officials that he refused to listen to their presentations. Lashing out at the officers, he said, "If you want to sit in Bengaluru and not visit the locations ravaged by fire, should you be called Indian forest officers?'

Siddaramaiah has now ordered a CID inquiry to investigate the forest fires and also details of how many forest officials visited areas falling under their jurisdictions.

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