Leakage at Kootuhole reservoir proving costly

Water scarcityMadikeri city requires approximately 45 lakh litres of water every day. Some localities are getting water supply on alternate days

Madikeri, an area in Kodagu which receives heavy rainfall, has drinking water shortage every summer. The situation worsened last summer when the water sources dried up and citizens were left to fend for themselves. The Madikeri City Municipal Council (CMC) tried to meet the demand by way of supplying water to households through tankers. Madikeri city requires approximately 45 lakh litres of water every day. The CMC has started alternate day water supply in some localities of the city.

The CMC does not seem to have any plan to save water several months ahead of the summer season so that the problem could be tackled in a better way.

Rhetoric had flowed from the CMC that leakage of the Kootuhole reservoir would be plugged and the height of the present bund increased and another weir constructed next to the existing bund to save water. However, the promises have not been kept. Large amount of water is cascading down the old bund and all the water is going waste.

The storage capacity of the Kootuhole reservoir is also reducing by the day because of the deposit of silt in its bed. The water-level in other reservoirs is also receding gradually. The level at smaller sources in the city such as Pumpinakere, Roshanara and Kannandabane are not the same as they were during the monsoon.

The Kundamestri project work, to pump water from the Kundamestri stream to the Kootuhole reservoir, has started but it will take a long time to be completed. The CMC had bought time to plug the leakage of water from the Kootuhole reservoir through the earthen bund in the past, but to no avail.

Although borewells are main source of water during summer, the CMC is turning a blind eye on people using the borewell water to clean their vehicles. Perhaps a little more care in the usage of water throughout the year could go a long way in helping authorities tackle shortage during the summer months.

[ Source: The Hindu]

SAI sports promotion scheme withdrawn from school

SAI Coorg Under the scheme, Sports Authority of India was training students in athletics.  Each trainee was given scholarship of Rs. 300 a month besides a tracksuit and shoes every year

 The withdrawal of Sports Authority of India (SAI) scheme for promotion of sports at the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) at Galibeedu near here recently has disheartened students and their parents alike.

The SAI, Regional Centre, Bangalore, had adopted the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya here in the year 2005 for promotion of athletics. As a result, many students having benefited from the scheme, excelled in various athletic events in different competitions.

The Deputy Director (Schemes), K. Ramachandran, SAI, Bangalore, on October 10, 2009, communicated to the Principal of the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya here that the sports promotion scheme had been withdrawn for the year 2009-10.

 [Source: The Hindu]

Concrete road work in progress

Concrete road

Concrete road

Concrete road work is in progress at Madikeri with City Municipal Council utilizing Hi Tech ready to use concrete mix. The main road from Major Mangerira Muthanna circle to private bustand is being concretized since a week.

Major changes are made in traffic by shifting bus stands and routes.

The City Municipal Council president P.D.Ponnappa held a meeting yesterday and said that the KSRTC bus route to enter and leave the heart of the town would be changed from tomorrow to avoid traffic jam and inconvenience. He said that basic facilities would be arranged for private bus stand if they shift it to the race course road.

The private bus owners defied the request from the authorities to shift bus stand from the temporary APMC yard to the Agriculture department ground.

Besides, four city busses are plying in the town for the convenience of the students and employees who are disturbed by the shifting of bus stands.

 [Source: Shakti daily]

Ayyappa memorial hockey tourney begins

Coorg HockeyM G Ayyappa Memorial Kodagu district ‘A’ division Hockey tournament commenced on Tuesday with matches between Ammathi Sports Club, Kanoor Forest Riders, Pragathi team of Hoddur and Youth Club of Hathoor on the first day.

The tournament is being conducted by Coorg Hockey Association, Wanderers Sports Club, Shivaji Hockey Club at SAI sports hostel astro turf maidan. The match between KSRC and Virajpet Towers Club ended in a draw.

Ammthi Sports Club defeated Moornadu Co-operative Sports Club by 1-0. In the third match, EYC team of Begur lost to Forest Riders of Kanoor by 4-2 goals. Pragathi team defeated Wanderers team of Madikeri by 1-0 goal. In the fifth match, Youth Club of Hathoor defeated Shivaji team by 2-1 goals. BBC team defeated Blue star of Somwarpet by 3-0 goals.

[Source: Deccan Herald]

Rasta Roko at Ponnappa Santhe

Rasta RokoVillagers of Ponnappasanthe, kanur, Chennangolli, mayamudi and surrounding areas have decided to hold Rasta Roko at Ponnappa Santhe on this 16th.

Addressing scribes at Gonicoppal, president of the Sarvajanika Vedike, C.P.Joyappa said that they are fed up of the pathetic condition of roads and wish to stage protest to open the eyes of the government which is sitting on the demands.

He said that the Deputy Speaker K.G.Bopaiah was given an ultimatum up to October 10th and he had promised to began the repair work and did not keep up his promise.

He said that a two hour protest would be held as a token protest and would think of increasing its intensity, if the authorities fail to heed to their requests.

Meanwhile, they also stated that the primary health center at Balele has shortage of two doctors and that should be filled. They also alleged that fund meant for an open well was misappropriated by the authorities. The well was sanctioned to a place where a cluster of families dwell.

But the scheme did not take place as the politicians suspected that the people living in that area did not vote for BJP.

[Source: Shakti Daily]