Sri Madhavji Gadgil - Namaste,
I met you during the FEVORD-K (Mr.Heremaths others) seminar on common lands in the month of January, 1989. In fact I was next to you while you presented your paper.
I draw your attention to the two affidvits here with enclosed. The forests department is of firm opinion that mango tree attains overmatured stage by the time it attains 120 cm girth and worth felling. Our contention is that this 120 cm criteria may be resonable (1?) for other species but not for mango trees which attain the girth of 500-600 Cms. So this 120 cm criteria is not applicable to mango trees. They should not be cut. The over mature stage of mango cannot be 120 cm and should be higher i.e. around 300-400 cm.
The case which is posted for final hearing in High Court of A.P.and likely to reach with in two months. We are in need of literature regarding criteria for determination of mature and over mature trees of different species particularly mango trees in the similar ecosystems of eastern ghats.
Though the court has given interim direction that fruit bearing mango trees should not felled, the forest department rules out the intnces of trees bearing fruit above 120 cm as stray cases and allowing the felling.
In your recent foundation lecture in SPWD you mentioned in the first page it self extensively regarding the felling of fruit bearing trees of mangoes.
The reports such as Gadgil and Subhash Chandra (inprese) which may strenghten our case either published or unpublished are not with in our reach. Would you kindly send the relevant paras with your covering letter to enable us to submit the same in the High Court.
In case you are too busy to full fill this obligation I shall come over.
CENTRE FOR ECOLOGICAL SCIENCES
INDIAN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE
BANGLORE - 560012
Date: 26th September, 1989
Dear Shri. Sivaramakrishna,
Your Ref: Letter dated 8.8.1989.
Please accept my sincere apologies. But we really do not have the type of information you need to make a legal case accessible to us. It would require a specific investigation to be carried out.
With kind regards,