Concrete works completed on time; TMC proves efficiency

Though the work was held up for six days due to unexpected rains in the first week of November, the town municipality could expedite the work in 45 days as per schedule. The concretisation work, which was started on October 26, was expected to be complete on Thursday. However, shortage of cement in the final stage delayed the work for another day. As a result, a small portion of the road stretch near Muthanna Circle is yet to be completed.

Town Municipal Commissioner K Srikanthrao told Deccan Herald that the road will be opened for public use on January 1, since it requires 21 days of curing. Though the supply of cement from Mysore was disrupted due to lorry strike, work was taken up on time, he added.

The concretisation of the 650 metre-long stretch between Madikeri Private Bus Stand and Mangerira Muthanna Circle was taken up using World Bank aid under KMRP Scheme. Earlier there was a plan to widen the road upto seven metres. However, considering the convenience of commuters, the width of the road has been increased to 10 metres.

Accordingly, the estimate amount also has been increased from Rs 60.06 lakh to Rs 85 lakh, Srikanthrao said. The private bus stand was shifted to APMC compound temporarily to facilitate the road concrete works. Similarly, the KSRTC bus stand was also shifted to its depot temporarily.

However, later KSRTC buses were allowed to enter KSRTC bus stand through Rajaseat Road considering public convenience. Earlier, people were opposing the concretisation work, as there was confusion regarding the speed of work. However, the Town Municipality has proved its efficiency by completing the work on time.
The road stretch between Indira Gandhi Circle and Kaveri Hall will be taken up for concretisation in the next phase. Meanwhile, Rs 39 lakh has been reserved for the construction of a tunnel between Hotel Choice premises to KSRTC bus stand. However, objection from some traders is hindering the commencement of tunnel work.

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Laying of synthetic track opposed

A group of people, rallying under the banner Madikeri Cricket Club, on Thursday opposed laying of a synthetic athletic track at General K.S. Thimayya Stadium (District Stadium) here, saying it will deprive sportspersons of the facility for playing hockey and cricket matches.

Those opposing the move included two councillors of the Madikeri City Municipal Council S.I. Muneer Ahmad and Rajesh.

Mr. Ahmad told presspersons that a large number of youths were utilising the ground and the proposed athletic track, for which the ground has been dug up, would reduce the playing area for hockey and cricket players. The district administration should instead identify a larger area for laying the track for athletics and leave the stadium as it was, he said. A new committee of citizens was being formed to take up the issue, Mr. Ahmad said.

 The members met Deputy Commissioner K.H. Ashwatha Narayana Gowda a few days ago and apprised him of the matter. “We are not against sports activities, but for promoting them,” he said. Mr. Ahmad said that a memorandum would be submitted to the Chief Minister during his visit here on Friday.

-The Hindu

Need to provide protection to minorities stressed

Speakers at a function to mark Human Rights Day, organised by the Codava National Council (CNC) at the Capitol Village near here on Thursday, expressed support to the cause of the CNC which is demanding an autonomous Kodava homeland status to the Kodavas in Kodagu district.

N.U. Nachappa, secretary general of the CNC

M.C. Nambiyar, journalist, who was a guest, said one of the aims of the human rights charter of the United Nations was to protect all kinds of minority people living in the world.

India had the largest diversity of minority population in the world, including the Kodavas, which ought to be given protection by the majority people, Mr. Nambiyar said, according to information reaching here.

The culture and tradition of Kodava people were unique, Mr. Nambiyar said, and added that securing tribal status for Kodavas and also inclusion of Kodava language in the VIII Schedule of the Constitution were not difficult tasks.

He, however, cautioned the Kodavas against alienation of land by them. When Bodoland and Gorkhaland, could exist why not Kodavaland, he said.

Gunasekaran, anthropologist from Kerala, justified the CNC struggle and said Kodavas deserved the autonomous homeland status since they were distinctly different among other communities. Chendrimada G. Muthappa, a senior member of the Kodava community, said all Kodavas should accept the CNC leadership and continue the struggle for the autonomous homeland status.

N.U. Nachappa, secretary general of the CNC, referring to the development with regard to the creation of Telangana, said the CNC would achieve its goal through peaceful struggle.

Organising programmes at the Kodava “ain mane” (ancestral homes) to spread awareness among Kodavas on the CNC struggle had been a big success.

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-The Hindu