Tourism Dept takes steps to promote tourism in Karnataka

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Mysore : The Tourism Department has taken up various projects to promote tourism in Kodagu district, also called ‘Coffee Land”, which has shown tremendous increase in tourists.

Tourism Department sources told UNI that the district, which is a gift of nature by itself, has been attracting increasing number of tourists over the years. It is ironical that the top post of Tourism Department in the district has been lying vacant at a time when tourism projects in the district need fast track development.

A proposal has been prepared for the various projects and Rs seven crore is expected to be spent in Kodagu district to promote various tourism-related activities in the current year, which includes a project to set up an academy to boost adventure tourism.

District headquarters of Kodagu Madkeri is 1,525 meters above the sea level. Termed as the Scotland of India, the town has several attractions. Undulating hills, verdant forests, endless expanses of tea and coffee plantations, uneven streets and awe-inspiring views convert Madikeri of Karnataka into a wonderful tourist destination.

A sum of Rs one crore has been set apart to establish the adventure academy here.

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‘Allow sand mining for personal use’ – Kodagu Growers Federation

Kodagu Growers Federation have urged the government to allow to undertake sand mining for personal use in the new sand mining policy which will come into force from April 1.
Addressing a press meet, Federation office-bearers Madhu Bopanna and B T Dinesh said “if the sand is given to contractor, then the price of the sand will shoot up in the district. The new sand policy will also give scope for corruption.” “With the new sand mining policy, one can not undertake sand mining from the nearby river for personal use. Farmers and growers will be exploited,” he feared.

“If the sand mining is given on contract, then there are all possibilities of using JCB machines to remove the sand from rivers. With this, the people of the district may not get the required sand. The new sand policy will affect the commonman. Whether the government will be able to check illegal sand mining when iron is being exported illegally from the State,” they asked.

They said “one load of sand was available for Rs 1,500 in the past. However, now it has been increased to Rs 5,500. Owing to the illegal sand mining, the cost of the sand has increased. If the sand is sold at higher price, then we will start an agitation throughout the district,” warned B T Dinesh. Lead Bank has sent a circular to all the banks to implement special package for coffee as it is.

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