Governor & family enjoy boating in Dubare

Kushalnagar, Apr. 6 (KMC& RH)- Governor Hans Raj Bhardwaj, along with his wife and family members, visited the elephant training camp in Dubare near here on Monday, one of the tourist attractions in Kodagu district.

They crossed River Cauvery in a motor-boat specially decked up for the occasion. The couple was welcomed by elephants who presented flower garlands. The elephants were offered sugarcane stalks and jaggery by the Governor, who later spoke to the Forest Department personnel present and enquired about the welfare of the tamed animals.

Bhardwaj, who is visiting Du-bare for the second time, was met by tribal leaders J.P. Raju and R.K. Chandru, who presented a memorandum, seeking basic amenities for the tribal settlements bordering the reserve forests.

They also urged the Governor to direct the State Government to confirm the services of mahouts and elephant trainers who have been working for more than 10 years, by making them permanent staff in the Forest Dept.

Earlier, the Governor and his family were accorded a warm reception by Kodagu District Administration at the Koppa gate. Deputy Commissioner Ashwathanarayana Gowda, Superintendent of Police Manjunath Annigeri, Assistant Commissioner M.R. Ravi, Tahsildar A. Devaraj, ACF Prasanna Kumar, Information Officer Vinodchandra, RFO M.S. Chinnappa and other officials were present.

After touring round the elephant camp, Bhardwaj and family left for Nagarahole National Park in South Kodagu.

For boating info in Coorg please click here


Another island to be developed adjacent to Cauvery Nisargadama

The district in charge minister Vijayashankar has said that an island adjacent to Cauvery Nisargadama would be developed through tourism department and the extension of Nisargadama would be enlarged.

Talking to scribes here, Vijayashankar said that rupees four crore would be allotted to Cauvery nisargadama within a fortnight to develop it further.

The minister said that a high level meeting would be held at Bangalore next week to discuss various projects to kodagu. Rupees five crore drinking project to kodagu will also be tabled in the meeting and implemented to end drinking water problem, he said. Zilla Panchayath president ravi Kushalappa, who was present with the minister said that the proposal is ready to be tabled.

The minister said that the government has given green signal to capture two rogue elephants in the district. But, they have entered nagarahole national Park, he informed. A proposal of rupees 140 crores to solve elephant menace in the district is before the government, he said.


High bacterial content in water blamed

Very high bacterial content in drinking water consumed by the people attending the wedding in Somwarpet on January 29 and 30 had caused nausea and dysentery among those who drank the contaminated water, according to official reports received here on Friday.

The water that was tested under the MPN (most probable number) method at the District Surveillance unit here had shown “180 colonies of coliformis” (coliformis is bacteria) in the water which was unfit for human consumption, Satish, District Surveillance Officer told The Hindu.

It had caused severe nausea, vomiting in some cases, and dysentery among the people. Drinking water should have zero colony of coliformis, but it could be tolerated up to five colonies, Dr. Satish said.

Stool samples had been sent for examination to the Mysore Medical College and according to unofficial reports it had turned out to be sterile, meaning no growth was found.

Dr. Satish, who is camping in Somwarpet hospital, said that cases had not been reported today but some persons, who were treated as outpatients, came back complaining of nausea. The owner of the private marriage hall had announced compensation to the kin of Krishnappa, one of the affected, who died of renal failure on Wednesday. The owner had announced compensation to those who were affected.

Dr. Satish, quoting local people from Igoor area in Somwarpet, said Krishnappa had a history of kidney problem. According to doctors, Krishnappa had died of “uraemic encephalopathy”, a condition prompted by severe dehydration. Postmortem was conducted at the Somwarpet hospital on Thursday.

-The Hindu

Water contamination at wedding hall claims one

A man who had taken ill after consuming food and water at a marriage in Somwarpet in Kodagu on January 29 and 30, died while he was being shifted to another hospital in Mysore on Wednesday night. Over 50 people were admitted to the District Hospital here since Wednesday with complaints of nausea — vomiting in some cases — and dysentery.

The victim was identified as Krishnappa (45). Doctors said that he died of “uraemic encephalopathy”, a condition prompted by severe dehydration. Fifty three people are being treated at the District Hospital here.

Deputy Commissioner K.H. Ashwatha Narayana Gowda, zilla panchayat member Ravi Kushalappa, and District Social Welfare Officer Rajesh Gowda visited the District Hospital. The bridegroom, Annappa from Igoor in Somwarpet taluk in Kodagu, and the bride, Bharati from Uppinangadi in Dakshina Kannada district, are recuperating in the hospital.

According to the District Surveillance unit here, “bacterial contamination of water” was the reason for the illnesses. However, official cause would be ascertained only tomorrow. District Surgeon Ajith Kumar told The Hindu at the hospital that Krishnappa was brought in a bad state and he died of renal failure. A few people who were admitted on Monday and Tuesday were being discharged from the hospital, Dr. Kumar said. Hospital authorities had arranged for beds on the veranda for want of space in the wards. The patients included a two-year-old and the sister of the bride. So far, 185 people were treated as outpatients at the Somwarpet hospital and 126 admitted. Of the 126, 41 were referred to the District Hospital here on Wednesday and a few others from the nearby areas ame on their own. “We will probe the issue thoroughly”, Mr. Gowda said after visiting the hospital here in the morning.

Mr. Gowda instructed Dr. Kumar to buy enough medicines by utilising the Arogya Raksha Samit funds, if need be. He said that he would be issuing notices to all marriage and community halls and hotels to check the quality of drinking water in view of public safety.

-The Hindu

Kodagu’s Nidtha forest a haven for smugglers

 Karnataka State’s Somwarpet Taluk’s Nidtha forest reserve has become a safe haven for  timber poachers said the environmentalists who toured the region.  The smugglers are doing their work without any fear of the forest officials.  Most of the teak wood around the forest quarters has vanished and it goes under the very nose of the officials.

The Nidtha Forest looks very thick and it is unapproachable from a distance says environmentalists who had toured the region. But when you pass by the forest quarters you can see only the stems of teak wood trees coming out of the ground.   The poachers’ nexus with forest sleuths came to light recently. Teak worth lakhs of rupees was reportedly transported from this forest on December 5.  The officials of the forest refused all the charges.

But a few reluctantly lodged a complaint with the mobile police squad at Madikeri to check the incident. The police team noticed freshly cut tree bottoms. The cunning forest sleuths tried to plead helplessness and convince that they were not aware of the crime.

To know more about Somwarpet taluk please click here


Many taken ill after wedding feast

Several people, who attended a wedding in Somwarpet on Saturday and Sunday, were taken ill and admitted to hospitals since Monday following complaints of vomiting and diarrhoea. The bride and the groom too were admitted to were also hospitalised in Somwarpet on Tuesday. Consuming contaminated water is suspected to be the reason for the illness.

The wedding of Annappa from Igoor near Somwarpet and Bharati from Uppinangadi in Dakshina Kannada district had taken place on Saturday and Sunday at a private marriage hall in Somwarpet.

A few people complained of vomiting and diarrhoea on Monday morning and were admitted to the Somwarpet taluk hospital. Patients from Somwarpet were admitted even on Tuesday.

Eight persons, including three women, were brought to the District Hospital here on Tuesday. Some others were admitted to a private nursing home here as well. The water storage tank at the marriage hall had not been cleaned for a long time leading to contamination.

District Surgeon, Ajith Kumar, told The Hindu that three persons were admitted to the hospital here on Monday and five on Tuesday.

They had been administered anti-biotic drugs and put in IV fluids.

The condition of all is reported to be stable. The District Health Officer was not available for comments.

The matter was being monitored, Chief Executive Officer of the Kodagu Zilla Panchayat, N. Krishnappa said.

District Surveillance Officer, Satish, said that water samples had been drawn from the marriage hall for testing.

Only those who drank water in the marriage hall were affected. They were from different areas of the district such as Sunticoppa, Chettalli, Igoor, Somwarpet and so on.

M.P. Appachu Ranjan, Madikeri MLA, told The Hindu that he had summoned doctors working in other parts of Somwarpet taluk to attend to the patients in the Somwarpet hospital and ensured enough stock of medicines to tackle the crisis.

Suitable action would be initiated against the owner of the hall where the marriage was held. Notices had been served on a few hotels in Somwarpet for not maintaining cleanliness, Mr. Ranjan said.

-The Hindu