Vehicles of devotees allowed on Konanur-Makutta road

Madikeri: Kodagu Deputy Commissioner K.H. Ashwatha Narayana Gowda has granted temporary permission to devotees from Kodagu to use the Konanur-Makutta State highway to visit Bythurappa temple (Vayathur temple) in Kerala for the annual festival from January 22 to 25. Vehicular traffic on the road is banned in view of the road laying works.

Mr. Gowda had banned use of road for all category of vehicles to facilitate roadworks. Konanur-Makutta road connects Kodagu with Kerala. Devotees could use light motor vehicles only, not hired vehicles, to reach the Bythurappa temple located in Kerala, only as a special case. Such vehicles should not cause any hindrance to the ongoing roadworks, Mr. Gowda said, according to an official release here.

Permission sought

The Puggera Kodava family, which is involved in organising the annual Bythurappa festival in Vayathur in Kerala, in the name of Bythurappa Sangha, Devanageri village, near Virajpet, had sought permission from the district administration on January 8 to open the road for light motor vehicle traffic in view of the festival at Vayathur.

The opinion of the Public Works Department, which is executing the roadworks, was obtained earlier. The issue was brought to the notice of the Speaker K.G. Bopaiah, Urban Development Minister Suresh Kumar, Madikeri MLA M.P. Appachu Ranjan and MLC M.C. Nanaiah, who too had concurred with the idea of opening the road temporarily to facilitate movement of devotees from Kodagu to Vayathur as a special case.

-The Hindu

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