Kodagu does not need railway project: Former MP

Coming down heavily on the survey of the proposed Mysore-Kushalnagar-Madikeri and Mysore-Madikeri-Mangalore railway line in the railway budget, Rajya Sabha former member F M Khan said ‘Kodagu does not want railway project.’

Rajya Sabha former member F M Khan looking at the flowers arranged in Balyatri estate in Boikere on Friday.

Speaking to presspersons on the eve of the two-day flower show to be organised at Balyatri estate in Boikere on March 13, he said “the railway connectivity will harm environment. On the one hand forest will be destroyed and on the other hand, private estates will be destroyed. In this regard, through media, I am pressurising the party and the Centre not to go for railway connectivity to Kodagu.”

“Kodagu is considered as the Switzerland of India. However, we are forgetting. For the construction of National Highways, trees are felled. We are allowing the installation of mobile towers. The tree owners have not been given compensation for felling the trees. I had collected the details in this regard through RTI Act. Once I get the details, I will fight for the cause of the people,” Khan informed.

By allowing the construction of resorts amidst forest, concrete jungles have raised its head in forest. The destruction of environment is affecting the climate, he added.
Khan said “the movement of heavy vehicles should be banned in Kodagu roads. By allowing the plying of light vehicles, roads will last longer.”

Water scarcity

 On shortage of drinking water during summer, he said: “By effectively using natural water bodies, Kodagu will not face shortage of water. However, there is lack of farsightedness among our politicians.”

He urged the government to announce Rs 5 lakh award to those scientists who find solution to Bili Kanda koraka affecting coffee.

On allotting land to Lakshmi Mittal for undertaking mining in Bandipura forest land, Khan said “no laws are applicable to millionaires. Public should come forward to fight.”

– DHNS

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

Kite festival in Madikeri on the 26th of January

Madikeri: The Cauvery Autorickshaw Drivers’ Union will organise its annual district-level kite-flying festival at the APMC Ground here on January 26, K.V. Dharmendra of the union announced here on Thursday.

The event would coincide with the Republic Day celebrations. The festival was expected to attract 4,000 participants, mainly students. It would be organised from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A vintage motorcycle rally would be organised as part of the festival in the morning, he said. — Staff Correspondent

-The Hindu

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Help desk at the office of Superintendent of police

The Superintendent of police, Manjunath Annigeri informed that a help desk is opened at his office for the assistance of the grieved.

In a press statement issued here, he has said that if any police station refuses to register an FIR, people can come and register the case in his office. FIR would be prepared through computer and sent to the concerned police stations.

SP has also said that action would be initiated against the officers who refuse to accept complaint and prepare FIR.

-Shakthi Daily

Risk on the rise as home stays mushroom in Kodagu

Kodagu is not only the land of warriors but also known for its hospitality. Several home stays have come up in the district giving a competition to the resorts. Even small houses have been repaired and converted into home stays. 

 The home stay where  Shankar was killed.  dh photo
As a result, the government employees who get transferred to Kodagu find difficulty in getting a house for rent.

Owing to the shortage of lodges, home stays have attracted the tourists in the district. Within few years, several home stays have mushroomed in the district amidst coffee estates, extensions and so on. However, the home stay owners should be cautious of the tourists who come from outside. In the backdrop of the murder of a home stay owner Shankar at Mekeri, there is a need to review the home stays. As the tourism grew, the number of visitors visiting Kodagu also doubled.

Police have been urging the home stay owners to maintain a register to give complete details of the tourists including name, address, telephone number and vehicle number.

However, nobody knows whether the home stay owners follow the rules strictly. The home stay owners should stop giving rooms to outsiders without knowing the background. Police can not check all the tourists who come to the district. However, home stay owners can keep an eye on their visit.
 

-DHNS

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New KSRTC bus service from Madikeri to Kozhikode

The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) is introducing a new Karnataka Sarige schedule from Madikeri to Kozhikode in Kerala on Tuesday, for the benefit of the commuters, a statement received here on Monday said.

The bus would leave Madikeri at 1 p.m. and take the Sunticoppa route (1.45 p.m.) and pass through Chettalli, Nellihudikeri and reach Siddapur at 3.05 p.m. From there, it would proceed to Gonicoppa (4.25 p.m.) and take the Ponnampet, Srimangala route to reach Kutta at 5.50 p.m. proceeding to Tolpatti, Katikulam, Manandavady (7.15 p.m.) Kalpetta, Tamaracherri, Koduvalli and reach Calicut at 10.15 p.m., Vivek Poovaiah, who heads the Movement for the Welfare of Community and Environment (MOWCE), a non-government organisation, working in close contact with the KSRTC, said in the statement.

On the return journey, the bus would leave Kozhikode at 10 a.m. and pass via Tamaracherri, Kalpetta, Manandavady (1.45 p.m.), Katikulam, Tolpatti, Kutta (3.15 p.m.), Srimangala, Gonicoppa (4.45 p.m.), Polibetta, Hundi, Siddapur (5.55 p.m.), Chettalli, Sunticoppa (7.10 p.m.) and reach Madikeri at 7.30 p.m.

Mr. Poovaiah said the new service would benefit people travelling to and fro on business and also Sabarimala pilgrims (up to Calicut).

-The Hindu