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    Making a point: Cauvery Sene leader B.C. Nanjappa speaking at a seminar in Mandya on Thursday./ The Hindu

    Making a point: Cauvery Sene leader B.C. Nanjappa speaking at a seminar in Mandya on Thursday./ The Hindu


    K.A. Ravi Chengappa, principal convener of Cauvery Sene, was speaking at a seminar on ‘Save Cauvery’, organised by the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha and Hasiru Sene at Gandhi Bhavan in Mandya.

    Criticising Defence Minister A.K. Antony and State Home Minister K.J. George for their “anti-Kodagu” measures, K.A. Ravi Chengappa, principal convener of Cauvery Sene, on Thursday called upon the people of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu to participate in a Save Kodagu campaign, beginning on February 24.

    He was speaking at a seminar on ‘Save Cauvery’, organised by the Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha and Hasiru Sene at Gandhi Bhavan here on Thursday.

    Mr. Chengappa alleged that the two Ministers were supporting the 400 kV high-tension power line project from Mysore to Kozhikode in Kerala via Kodagu. He said that if work was taken up it would destroy the ecological system in Kodagu. Work had begun on the project amid protests. Nearly 1 lakh trees in the catchments of Lakshmanathirtha and a few rivulets of the Cauvery would have to be axed to make way for the transmission line. Already 50,000 trees worth Rs. 350 crore, around 150 years old, had been axed, he said.

    The authorities could have considered the existing routes to reduce the damage to the forests, he said.

    ‘Disastrous’
    Alleging that the timber and land mafia was destroying forests, Cauvery Sene leader B.C. Nanjappa, who inaugurated the seminar, said the project would be disastrous for the people and for Kodagu district.

    Resorts, tourism projects, development projects and sand extraction along the Cauvery and its rivulets had had a devastating impact on the ecological system in Kodagu, he said.

    KRRS leader K.S. Nanjunde Gowda also requested the authorities concerned to take measures to protect forests.

    Sene activist Ravindra Karyappa, KRRS leaders Nandini Jayaram, Shanbhunahalli Suresh and Konasale Narasaraju and zilla panchayat member Kempoo Gowda were present.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> National> Karnataka / by Staff Correspondent / Mandya – February 21st, 2014

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    Four structures will be built at Dubare camp to accommodate eight jumbos.

    Even as the forest department officials are preparing an action plan to capture 23 wild elephants that have turned out to be trouble makers in Kodagu-Hassan border area, preparations are made simultaneously for constructing kraal to tame elephants, at Dubare in Kodagu.

    Dubare, surrounded by Cauvery river is well known for the elephant camp. Expert mahouts and kavadis tame and look after the elephants using the best of their abilities. As the land is surrounded by river, it is best suited for taming elephants.

    The forest department has now planned to bring majority of the elephants that are captured in Kodagu-Hassan border areas, to Dubare for taming. Meanwhile, work on construction of kraal for taming elephants at Ranigate and Mathugodu camps are under progress and the department has plans to construct kraals at Bandipur in Mysore district and Sakrebail camp at Shimoga, said sources in the forest department.

    Speaking to Deccan Herald mahout Dobi said that kraals are built using the tamed elephants in the camp. Wooden logs of eucalyptus available in Dubare forest are used in building the strong kraals, he said.

    On the space availability at kraal, he said one kraal can accommodate two elephants, and the department has plans to construct four kraals in Dubare, enabling taming of eight elephants at a time. With expert mahouts and kavadis, a wild elephant can be tamed within four months.

    Kodagu Circle Chief Conservator of Forest Brijesh Kumar Dixith said that people are largely facing problem from wild elephants at Shanivarasanthe in the border area of Kodagu district and Alur of Hassan district. The elephants which have at present taken shelter at Alur, might have created rampant in Shanivarasanthe. Therefore, officers from Kodagu circle too have been deployed in the operation to capture elephants, he said.

    Speaking about the nature of elephants, he said elephants are emotional in nature. They share a strong bond between female, male and calves. They pass on the message to other elephants whenever they face danger. “As elephantas move in herds, there are all possibilities of one herd of elephants passing the message to other herds when they sense danger of humanbeings effort to catch them.

    The department is studying all the possibilities and is planning to attack all the herds at a time in order to capture them. We are waiting for a right opportunity,” he said.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> District / by Srikanth Kallammanavar, Madikeri / DHNS – February 17th, 2014

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    It wil have puzzle garden, artificial caves, flowery clock, says DC Anurag Tiwari.

    The Kodagu district administration has prepared a proposal of Rs 11.87 crore and submitted it to the State government, to beautify and develop Raja seat, a popular tourist destination in the city.

    If the proposal receives the green signal from the government, then Raja Seat will perhaps become one of the most attractive gardens in the country. A large number of tourists visit Raja Seat to view the panoramic Western Ghat range and an enchanting sun set. But, the garden has been has been completely neglected, and stands as an eye sore. The musical fountain in the garden too is defunct. As a result, the number of visitors visiting Raja Seat has declined over a period of time.

    Taking a note of this, the district administration has prepared a proposal to develop the garden. Maintenance of the garden will be handed over to the Horticulture department.

    Speaking to Deccan Herald, Kodagu Deputy Commissioner Anurag Tiwari said that it has been planned to build a watch tower in the garden at a cost of Rs 1.12 crore. The proposed plan comprises of the construction of puzzle garden at a cost of Rs one crore, flowery clock, garden in Japan style, artificial caves, formation of waterfalls, glass house on the lines of the one in Lalbagh in Bangalore, snake ladder game at a cost of Rs four crore, construction of rope-way from Nehru Park to Raja Seat at a cost of Rs three crore, Bayalu Ranga Mandira at a cost of Rs 1.20 crore, and a tunnel aquarium.

    A comfortable footpath, ponds, solar lights, garden lights, statues will be laid in the garden, if the government okays the proposal. With tourism being one of the major source of income in Kodagu after coffee business, measures will be taken to improve and explore tourism potential in the district, the DC said.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> District / by Srikanth Kallammanavar, Madikeri / DHNS – February 06th, 2014

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    Actress-turned-politician Ramya has been splitting her time between her constituency Mandya and the Centre in Delhi, ever since she was elected to the Parliament. Also in focus, right now, is the party’s youth icon — Rahul Gandhi — who has made quite a few visits to Karnataka lately. Well, according to Ramya, the young leader’s focus is indeed on the state.

    In fact, when Rahul came to Karnataka last weekend, he visited Ramya’s constituency, Mandya. “It was great when he visited. We were travelling on the left side of the road and he wanted to know what the logic in blocking even the right side of the road was. In fact, all the way from Tumkur to Mandya, we took the outer road to avoid stalling any traffic whatsoever. I was impressed, as he actually practises what he preaches,” says Ramya.

    As a result of his many visits to the state, there was a clamour last month that Rahul would contest the Lok Sabha polls from Karnataka. Although Ramya dismissed this as a rumour, she said, “I would be really happy if he were to contest from Mandya, but it’s just a rumour. He has done extremely good work in Amethi and I would like to go there, see the things he has done and maybe implement a similar model here,” says Ramya.

    Politics apart, Rahul apparently took some time off to experience the best that the state has to offer. Says Ramya, “He loves masala dosa and really likes Coorg (a destination we guess he must have gone to on one of his many visits to the state).”

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> Entertainment> Kannada> Movies / by TNN / February 21st, 2014

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    Mysore-Kodagu MP H Vishwanath has said that he would also support the legal fight to include Namadari Gowda community in 2(A) category. He was speaking after inaugurating Banashankari community building belonging to Namadari Sangha at Hebbale near Kushalnagar on Sunday.
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    Without taking the name of former prime minister H D Deve Gowda, he indirectly flayed at him for making false allegations on him (Vishwanath) of removing Namadhari Gowda community from 2(A) category during 1994 Lok Sabha elections.

    MLA M P Appachu Ranjan who was present at the programme, said that strengthening of associations belonging to different communities will help in the progress of the community. Presiding over the programme, Namadari Sangha Kodagu zone President G L Ramappa expressed happiness over the community members for donating fund to build the community building in Kushalnagar.

    ZP former President H S Ashok, Congress leader Natesh Gowda and others were present.Villagers of Huluse submitted a petition to MP H Vishwanath to sanction a Ambedkar community hall, during his visit to the village on Sunday.

    Speaking on be half of the villagers after submitting the petition, Karnataka Raitha Sangha Village Committee President Venkatesh said “we have submitted petitions to all the elected representatives, demanding a community hall. But none of them have responded to our demand so far.” The demand to build steps to Kaveri lake in the village too has not been fulfilled, the villagers said and urged the MP to solve their problems.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> District / DHNS / Kushalnagar – February 09th, 2014

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    The State government has drawn up plans to create 32 in the forests, especially in Kodagu, Shimoga, Udupi, Dakshina Kannada, Chikmagalur and Mysore districts, for protecting both the people residing within the forests and wild animals.

    After the Cabinet Sub Committee on Forest discussed these issues, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister T.B. Jayachandra, who chaired the meeting, said that this would be tabled before the State Cabinet and then sent to the Union government for approval.

    Mr. Jayachandra said that the Union government had, in its guidelines to the States, suggested that there should be a 10-km zone near each human habitat where big construction activity, power lines of more than 11 kVA, big resorts and industries could not be allowed to come up.

    However, small constructions such as homestays could be allowed.

    He said that the zones could be just one, two or three kilometres away from the habitats.

    Asked whether these guidelines were binding on the State government, he said that there was no law to regulate such activities in the State.

    He said that the State forest officers would discuss the issue with the Union government and convince it of the workable alternatives, based on specific reasons.

    Wherever it was difficult to implement the guidelines, the State government would strive to get relief to the people, he said.

    Objection

    The committee also discussed the situation arising out of a case filed by the Goa Foundation before the Green Bench of the Supreme Court at Chennai.

    The committee decided to file an objection within 10 days to the demand of the Goa Foundation that the Kasturirangan Committee report, which was notified by the Union government, be implemented.

    Mr. Jayachandra said that the notification had adversely impacted development activities worth Rs. 25,000 crore in the Western Ghats. Works of the Indian Institute of Science, the DRDO and a unit for the manufacture of unmanned aerial vehicles in Challakere of Chitradurga district had been stopped due to public protests.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> National> Karnataka / by T. S. Ranganna / Bangalore – February 03rd, 2014

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    Magsaysay Award winner Rajendra Singh at a seminar in Bangalore on Saturday | Nagaraja Gadekal

    Magsaysay Award winner Rajendra Singh at a seminar in Bangalore on Saturday | Nagaraja Gadekal


    The ecology of Kodagu is under serious threat due to development projects, unregulated urbanisation and invasive tourism. This was the view of experts at a seminar ‘Protection of Kodagu ecosystem to save Cauvery’ held in the city on Saturday.

    Eminent personalities like Magsaysay Award-winning ‘Water Man of India’ Dr Rajendra Singh and others spoke about the need to sensitise the State government on ensuring that the fragile ecosystem of Kodagu is not torn apart.

    Rapid urbanisation and development projects, like the Mysore-Khozikode 400 KV High Tension power line, four-lane highway to Kerala through Kodagu, four-lane highway through Kodagu connecting Mattanur airport to Mysore and Bangalore and rail link to Kushalnagar being extended to Kerala through Kodagu will have a severe impact on the ecology of the district, they said.

    The experts also talked about the 55-km stretch that has been earmarked for the Mysore-Khozikode 400 KV power line. Around 2,000 trees were felled in just a 5-km stretch. In the remaining 50-km stretch, including 30-km of coffee plantations, at least 50,000 trees will be felled, they feared.

    The coffee estates are close to Devamachi reserve forests and the Nagarahole National Park.

    The elephant menace in this area will become even more severe. This area in south Kodagu is also the catchment for Lakshmantheerta river which is the main water source for Mysore and an important tributary of Cauvery River. Such large-scale felling of trees in this area will definitely have an adverse effect on the water flow in the River. Land conversion for non-agricultural purposes and encroachment of sacred groves and river banks is contributing to severe stress on the environment.

    Environmental activist B C Nanjappa urged the State government to stop encroachment and protect sacred groves. He said any activity other than grazing should be prohibited in sacred groves. Encroachments along the Cauvery river banks should be addressed urgently.

    source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> Cities> Bangalore / by Express News Service – January 26th, 2014

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    Bangalore :

    Magsaysay awardee Dr Rajendra Singh on Saturday said Karnataka needs a river rejuvenation policy.

    Speaking at a seminar on ‘Protection of Kodagu’s Ecosystem to save River Cauvery’ organized by the Save Cauvery Forum, Singh, who is also known as the ‘Waterman of India’, said efforts should be made to evolve a consensus on the issue.

    Singh emphasized that no change of title with regard to river land should be allowed. “Sand extraction should not be allowed in river base areas, and most importantly, sewers should be separated from rivers and treated water also kept away from rivers.”

    Col CP Muthanna of Coorg Wildlife Society said the rural landscape of eco-sensitive Kodagu district has to be maintained. “The proposed Mysore-Kozhikode 400 kV power line should be taken through an alternate route as it will save 50,000 trees. There should be a moratorium on fresh licenses for tourist resorts. Strict regulations have to be imposed on land conversion and expansion of townships,” he said.

    source: http://www.articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> India> Kodagu / TNN / January 26th, 2014

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    Bangalore :

    Kodagu district qualifies to be an eco-sensitive zone with its picturesque landscapes, coffee plantations, and more importantly as it is the principal catchment of Cauvery river, said members of Coorg Wildlife Society here on Thurdsay. The catchment area provides almost 50% of the total water flow into the river.

    “It’s in national interest that the district gets the tag,” the members said. Its environment and ecology are under serious threat due to development projects for Kerala, urbanization and invasive tourism.

    Tourism is flourishing in Kodagu but the need of the hour is a set of strong regulations, officials pointed out. “Tourist resorts are mushrooming here without proper clearances. They occupy pristine landscapes and consume massive amounts of water. There should be a cap on further licences for resorts until there is a proper evaluation on the carrying capacity for tourism in the district,” said Col C P Muthanna, president, Coorg Wildlife Society.

    Land conversion and urbanization are other major threats to Kodagu. Plantations and agricultural lands are increasingly being converted for commercial purposes, affecting the landscape. “Kodagu is one lung space which is increasingly being clouded,” said Suresh Heblikar of Eco Watch, Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development. “Do not overexploit Kodagu in the name of development,” said Heblikar, urging the government to take care of all aspects while thinking of economic development of the region.

    Main demands

    * A stretch of 55 km through Kodagu has been earmarked for Mysore-Kozhikode power line. At least 2000 trees have been felled along the 5-km stretch of reserve forests. There is another 50-km stretch, of which 30km is coffee plantations, which has to be cleared for this power line. That calls for cutting of 50,000 more trees. This area, close to Nagarahole National Park, could now more instances of man-animal (elephant) conflict. Significantly, this area of South Kodagu is also the catchment of Lakshmantheerta river which is the primary water source for Mysore and an important tributary of the Cauvery. Ongoing work for this power line needs to be suspended with immediate effect.

    * There are plans to connect Mattanur airport to Mysore and Bangalore through Kodagu with a four-lane highway, which again will involve massive tree-felling operations.

    *A rail link between Kushalnagar and Kerala is being planned through Kodagu, for which funds have been sanctioned. The line may be extended once work is over on the announced stretch, which will destroy the landscape and affect indigenous communities of Kodagu.

    * MoUs signed during the Global Investors Meet in 2012 needs to be reviewed and permission granted only to the projects which will benefit Kodagu without damaging its ecology.

    source: http://www.articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / Times of India / Home> City> Bangalore> Power Line / TNN / January 17th, 2014

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    Bangalore :

    Kodagu district qualifies to be an eco-sensitive zone with its picturesque landscapes, coffee plantations, and more importantly as it is the principal catchment of Cauvery river, said members of Coorg Wildlife Society here on Thurdsay. The catchment area provides almost 50% of the total water flow into the river.

    “It’s in national interest that the district gets the tag,” the members said. Its environment and ecology are under serious threat due to development projects for Kerala, urbanization and invasive tourism.

    Tourism is flourishing in Kodagu but the need of the hour is a set of strong regulations, officials pointed out. “Tourist resorts are mushrooming here without proper clearances. They occupy pristine landscapes and consume massive amounts of water. There should be a cap on further licences for resorts until there is a proper evaluation on the carrying capacity for tourism in the district,” said Col C P Muthanna, president, Coorg Wildlife Society.

    Land conversion and urbanization are other major threats to Kodagu. Plantations and agricultural lands are increasingly being converted for commercial purposes, affecting the landscape. “Kodagu is one lung space which is increasingly being clouded,” said Suresh Heblikar of Eco Watch, Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development. “Do not overexploit Kodagu in the name of development,” said Heblikar, urging the government to take care of all aspects while thinking of economic development of the region.

    Main demands

    * A stretch of 55 km through Kodagu has been earmarked for Mysore-Kozhikode power line. At least 2000 trees have been felled along the 5-km stretch of reserve forests. There is another 50-km stretch, of which 30km is coffee plantations, which has to be cleared for this power line. That calls for cutting of 50,000 more trees. This area, close to Nagarahole National Park, could now more instances of man-animal (elephant) conflict. Significantly, this area of South Kodagu is also the catchment of Lakshmantheerta river which is the primary water source for Mysore and an important tributary of the Cauvery. Ongoing work for this power line needs to be suspended with immediate effect.

    * There are plans to connect Mattanur airport to Mysore and Bangalore through Kodagu with a four-lane highway, which again will involve massive tree-felling operations.

    *A rail link between Kushalnagar and Kerala is being planned through Kodagu, for which funds have been sanctioned. The line may be extended once work is over on the announced stretch, which will destroy the landscape and affect indigenous communities of Kodagu.

    * MoUs signed during the Global Investors Meet in 2012 needs to be reviewed and permission granted only to the projects which will benefit Kodagu without damaging its ecology.

    source: http://www.articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / Home> Cityu> Bangalore> Power Lines / TNN / January 17th, 2014

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