New bus service to Mallapuram begins

Madikeri: KSRTC introduced a new inter-State Karnataka Sarige express bus service from Madikeri to Mallapuram in Kerala from Wednesday.

Vivek Poovaiah from the Movement for the Welfare of Community and Environment (MOWCE), who works closely with KSRTC, said here in a statement that the bus would depart from Madikeri at 7 a.m. via Virajpet (8.10 a.m.), Ammathi (8.30 a.m.), Polibetta (8.50 a.m.), Gonicoppa (9.30 a.m.), Balele (10.10 a.m.), H.D. Kote (11.05 a.m.), Nanjangud (12.20 p.m.), Gundlupet (1.15 p.m.) and pass through Bandipur, Mudhumalai, Theppakadu, Gudalur, Nilambur, Manjeri before arriving at Mallapuram at 6.15 p.m. In the return direction, the bus would leave Mallapuram at 6.30 a.m. passing through Manjeri (7 a.m.), Nilambur (7.30 a.m.), Gudalur (8.30 a.m.). It would take the Theppakadu, Mudhumalai, Bandipur route to reach Gundlupet at 11.45 a.m.

From there, the bus would proceed to Nanjangud (12.20 p.m.) and H.D. Kote (2 p.m.) and pass through Karmadu to reach Balele (3.10 p.m.), Gonicoppa (3.55 p.m.), Polibetta (4.15 p.m.) and Virajpet (4.40 p.m.) before arrivingin Madikeri at 5.30 p.m., Mr. Poovaiah said.

The service was provided with advance reservation facility. It was expected to benefit business travellers and plantation workers, he said.

-The Hindu

Stranded elephant driven back into forest

Madikeri: A female elephant stranded in a paddy field at the tribal settlement of Karehadlu hadi near Thithimathi in Virajpet taluk of Kodagu since Tuesday, made it back to the forests on Wednesday, following the arrival of tamed elephants from a nearby elephant camp, according to information received here on Wednesday.Assistant Conservator of Forests, Thithimathi, Alexander told The Hindu that the elephant, which had strayed into field with its two-year-old calf, appeared to be in an intoxicated state.

The animal reportedly drank “puliganji”, the brew for making illicit liquor, normally kept buried in huge cans in forest areas and was seen lying in the fields.

Two elephants — Bharatha and Ashoka — were brought in to drive back the “sleeping giant” to the forests. Ashoka refused to go near the female elephant, which however walked back into the forest on seeing Bharata.

The animal, estimated to be 30 years old, looked healthy, Mr. Alexander said.

The calf too ran back to the forest, he added. -The Hindu