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Posts vacant in tourism dept

Kodagu district’s pristine verdant forests, coffee plantations and hillocks captivate tourists. Inspite of the government releasing crores of rupess, tourist spots are not developing in the way they are expected to develop. 

 In fact, several main posts in Tourism department in Kodagu district are lying vacant for the last several years. Inspite of discussing the issue in the KDP meeting in the presence of District-in-Charge Minister, no concrete measures have been taken to fill the vacancies. As a result, the funds released for the development of tourist spots remain unutilised and the development has taken a back seat.

The work on setting up of ‘Kodava Paramparika Kendra’ at Kalakeri-Nidugane remains neglected. Though the government has released fund for the same, the work is yet to commence. Moreover, five acre land has been handed over to the PWD for the setting up of the centre.

At the same time, the government has sanctioned Rs 25 lakh for undertaking development works at Hattihole falls. According to sources, the files related to the development of Hattihole falls has been sent to the government for the administrative approval. A sum of Rs 10 lakh has been sanctioned for the development of Irpu falls in Virajpet taluk. However, half of the released amount is yet to be utilised.

A sum of Rs 40 lakh has been released for the development of Mahadeshwara betta in Somwarpet taluk. However, a sum of Rs 20 lakh has been released so far. The tragedy is that there is no one in tourism department to inform anyone as how much money has been utilised for the development of tourist spots.

In the meantime, the government has released a sum of Rs one crore for the development of nine tourist spots in the district. Of which, the work on Mallalli falls and Honnammanakere in Somwarpet taluk are under progress.

An action plan was prepared for the acquisition of five acre land adjacent to Raja Seat three to four years ago.

It was planned to extend the park and to set up a ‘view point.’ An action plan of Rs 1.47 crore was prepared for the Raja Seat in the past. Of which, Rs 20 lakh has been released by the government.

In fact, in the recent KDP meeting, District-in-Charge Minister C H Vijayashankar had directed the Tourism department in-charge Assistant Director to prepare a plan for the integrated development tourism in Kodagu. However, no one is aware whether the plan has been prepared or not.


Rs 1.03 cr for Suntikoppa hospital building’

MLA M P Appachu Ranjan said that the government has sanctioned Rs 1.03 crore for the construction of a new building for the Suntikoppa Government Hospital and Rs 14 lakh has been released for the repair of old buildings. 

He was speaking after laying foundation for the new building for the Suntikoppa Government PU College to be built at an estimated cost of Rs 21.90 lakh, on Saturday. He said that the government had taken up several development programmes in Suntikoppa based on the demands of the people. “A total of Rs 84 crore has been sanctioned for the development of roads in the district. While Rs 53 crore has been reserved for Virajpet taluk, Rs 13 crore will be for Madikeri and 17.57 crore has been reserved for Somwarpet taluk,” Ranjan said.

A proposal has been sent to the government to commence Commerce stream in the Suntikoppa Government PU College from the next academic year.

Zilla Panchayat Member B B Bharathish said that the MLA should take initiatives to provide drinking water supply to Suntikoppa town from Haradur river. Efforts should also be made to upgrade the government hospital, he added.

Principal Dr M V Rama, Taluk Panchayat Member P M Lathif, Gram Panchayat President B I Bhavani, former President M A Gangadhar, Vice-President B S Sadashiva Rai, Kodava Academy former Member M A Vasanth and other were present.

Ranjan said that a proposal has been submitted to the government to sanction a government medical college for Kodagu district.

Speaking after laying foundation for the new hostel building for Government First Grade Women’s College in Kushalnagar on Saturday, he said the people in Kodagu district are facing difficulties as they were forced to go to Mangalore or Mysore for advanced treatments.

The matter has been brought to the notice of the government. Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa and Medical Education Minister A Ramadas have been urged to announce a full-fledged medical college in Kushalnagar in the annual budget, he added. Principal Prof H C Lohithashwa delivered keynote address.


Plea to take action against cop

The new ZP member M S Venkatesh has urged the senior police officers to take action against a police personnel of Siddhapur police station who has tried to harm the law and order situation in Nellihudikeri and Siddhapur region.

Speaking with the media persons here on Friday, Venkatesh said that the signatures of public have been collected against the police personnel through signature campaign. The request will be submitted to the police authorities and a time frame of one month will be given to take action against the offender.

“Nellihudikeri and Siddhapur regions were almost peaceful for quite a long time. But off late various anti-social elements are troubling the peaceful atmosphere in the region. Incidents like pelting stones on Masjid, attacking the church, tearing the temple flex have made the people in the region to suspect each other,” he complained.

He said that no investigation has been made on this line so far. “As per the available information, we have understood that a police personnel from Siddhapur station is instigating the people and creating nuisance in the society. He has close connection with few organisations in the region. His act has made the public to suspect the police too,” informed Venkatesh.


Gandhiji remembered

All-religion prayers and bhajans, and garlanding the statue of Mahatma Gandhi marked Sarvodaya Divas here on Sunday.

The urn containing the ashes of Gandhiji, which is kept in the district treasury, was carried in the morning to the Gandhi mantap by the district administration, police officials and members of the Kodagu Sarvodaya Samiti accompanied by the police band.

In-charge Deputy Commissioner K.M. Chandre Gowda, president of the Madikeri City Municipal Council H.M. Nanda Kumar, Superintendent of Police Manjunath Annigeri, members of the Sarvodaya samiti and president of the Kodagu District Christian Welfare Association K.T. Baby Mathew were among those who carried the urn. The DAR police sounded the bugles and fired three rounds in the air to pay homage to Gandhiji.

A siren went off at 11 a.m. followed by another at 11.02 a.m. when all vehicles came to a halt along the Mahatma Gandhi Road (Raja Seat road). A two-minute silence was observed.

Kodagu District and Sessions judge Ashok Nijagannavar and other judges joined the participants in taking the urn back from the Gandhi Mantap.

-The Hindu

Nod for removal of dead bamboo

The State Government has given permission to the Forest Department to remove 6,300 tonnes of dead bamboo in the Madikeri and Virajpet divisions of Kodagu.

According to information received here, work on removing the dead bamboo clumps has been entrusted to the Karnataka State Forest Industries Corporation (KSFIC). The recent order of the State Government follows a request made by the Kodagu Conservator of Forests in October last to the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF).

The order stated that in view of the income to the State Government and to prevent the likely forest fires, removal of dead bamboo clumps had been permitted in the two forest divisions. The KSFIC has been asked to levy Rs. 325 per tonne of bamboo, apart from taxes before disposing them of.

According to the Kodagu Conservator of Forests, 5,000 tonnes of dead bamboo was available in the Thithimathi range forest in the Virajpet Forest Division and the rest in the Madikeri Division, 600 tonnes in the Somwarpet range, 500 tonnes in the Kushalnagar range and 200 tonnes in the Shanivarasante range.

-The Hindu

Coffee growers sip their cup of cheer

Coffee farmers are all smiles, with their produce fetching a high price this year. Aided by a dip in international production due to bad weather conditions there, and less stock entering the market, prices are looking north.

On Thursday, Arabica Parchment sold for Rs 9,250 per bag of 50 kg, Arabica Cherry for Rs 4,750 per bag, Robusta Parchment for Rs 4,100 a bag, and Robusta Cherry for Rs 2,550 per bag.

Confirming the prices, Kabir, a coffee dealer, said that adverse weather is still disrupting harvesting and transportation in many countries, and affecting short-term supplies.

However, difficulties continue to dog the coffee industry, particularly because of the borer disease. Former chairman of the Coffee Board Bose Mandanna said that compared to last year’s figures, this year, only 25% of the coffee entered the market. During the last monsoon, showers were not timely, there were long spells of rain and the cold weather gave rise to the berry borer disease.

This year, the high price has helped overcome last year’s losses, said Nanda Belliappa, Coffee Board member. “But production is less, and the scarcity of labourers is forcing growers to engage temporary hands at high wages. Manure prices have also shot up,” he said.

The International Coffee Organisation estimates production at 134.6 million bags of coffee for 2010-11 across the globe. Indian traders have exported 2,91,685 tonne of coffee from January 2010 to December 2010 for Rs 3,013 crore, reveals the Coffee Board report.

Estimated production this year

* Arabica Coffee

India: 95,000 tonne (total)

Karnataka: 75,525 tonne

Kodagu: 20,900 tonne

* Robusta Coffee

India: 2,04,000 tonne (total)

Karnataka: 1,36,290 tonne

Kodagu: 88,600 tonne

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