Devt works at Mallalli falls in full swing

Mallalli Falls, Coorg

Developmental works around Mallalli falls, near Somwarpet is going on at fast pace with the aim of attracting more tourists. Even before the works could be completed, the number of tourists thronging to see this pristine fall has doubled. 

 Flowing at Pushpagiri hills near Somwarpet, Department of Tourism, provided Rs 10 lakh for development of the same and Department of Public Works has started various developmental works.

 Nearly half a kilometre of road has been widened and made motorable .  The works of laying steps till the tip of the hill is going on in full swing.  There are plans to lay 250 steps, of which 140 steps have already been laid.
The works are getting delayed in difficult terrain where the slopes are very steep because carrying construction materials there is a Herculean task. 

However, PWD is very specific about the quality of the works. It is said that the department will need additional funds for the works. PWD has made a plan of Rs 95 lakh comprising of road development for 3.5 kms, viewers’ gallery to spot the fall, railings on one side of the steps, parking slots etc.

Bettadalli GP President K N Shivanna says that they have plans to collect nominal parking fees from the vehicles and utilise the same money for further development of the region.

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Photo from CoorgCreek.com

-DH News Service

Plea for action against Hindutva groups

Madikeri: The Association for Protection of Civil Rights, Kodagu chapter, has urged the district administration to initiate action against Hindutva organisations for defaming the Muslim community during its “Save Kodagu from terrorists” campaign in the district recently.

‘Book cases’

In a statement here on Saturday, secretary of the Kodagu chapter Rahman alleged that slogans were shouted against the Muslim community throughout the campaign and handbills distributed to people portraying the community in poor light. This could seriously jeopardise communal amity in the district, Mr. Rahman said.

The police should have booked cases against those responsible.

Targeting religion

The organisations had alleged that Muslims from Kerala were coming to Kodagu in large numbers and settling down.

Hindus, too, go out in search of jobs or business opportunities just as the Muslims, and this is nothing new, Mr. Rahman said. This is an essential element of democracy, he said.

‘Misleading’

Responding to another demand of the organisations that activities in madrasas and masjids be probed, Mr. Rahman said if the authorities felt the need to do so, they could. But the police should crack down on those Hindutva organisations that are misleading people by making such statements and attempting to disrupt peace in Kodagu, he said.

-The Hindu