PIL filed in HC to stop Mysuru-Kushalnagar Railway Line

PIL filed in HC to stop Mysuru-Kushalnagar Railway Line

Mysuru/ Bengaluru: The High Court of Karnataka has asked the State Government to respond to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed against the proposed Mysuru-Kushalnagar Railway Line. The State has to respond by July 25 and the Court has adjourned the hearing to that date.

The petition (WP 17990/2018) was filed on 24-4-2018 by President of Coorg Wildlife Society Col. (Retd) C.P. Muthanna who is also the Coordinator, Save Kodagu and Cauvery Campaign. The PIL came up for hearing yesterday before a Division Bench headed by Chief Justice Dinesh Maheshwari  that directed the government to file its response by July 25.

The respondents in the petition are Secretary, Ministry of Forests, Environment and Ecology, Ministry of Railways, Chief Secretaries of Karnataka and Kerala and Principal Chief Conservators of Forests, Karnataka and Kerala.

In his petition, Muthanna stated that the construction of two lines — one linking Thalassery in Kerala with Mysuru via Kodagu district and another linking Mysuru, Kushalnagar and Madikeri — will have disastrous consequences. The Coorg Wildlife Society prayed the Court not to permit any such projects, either in the name of tourism or for commercial purposes.

Alleging that a ‘lobby controlled by business and commercial tycoons of Kerala’ through the Kerala State government is pressurising the Centre to lay the Railway line connecting Mysuru to Thalassery, Muthanna has urged the Court to issue directives to authorities not to carry out any activity or venture into laying of Railway projects  in Kodagu.

He has alleged that the projects did not take into consideration the severe ecological damage it could cause in Kodagu.

According to the petitioner, with 54,000 fully grown trees already chopped for a 400 KV Mysuru-Kozhikode electricity line, the two Railway lines and four proposed National Highways passing through different parts of Kodagu would entail chopping of 2-3 lakh fully  grown trees.

“The main purpose of this Railway line is to exploit tourism and commercial activities in Karnataka and Kerala and not for livelihood of the people,” the petitioner has contended and has apprehended that these projects would lead to diversion of river course and interfere with the elephant corridor leading to more man-animal conflicts in the region.

The petitioner has also requested the Court to direct the Central government not to plan any kind of project in the name of boosting tourism at the cost of biodiversity and stay the survey and other related activities of these two Railway projects.

One more PIL against NHAI

Speaking to Star of Mysore this morning, Col. Muthanna said that he has filed one more PIL in the High Court questioning the upgradation of certain roads in Kodagu to National Highways. This PIL is likely to come up for hearing today (July 12).

“We all agree that there is no need for Railway lines to Kodagu either via South Kodagu or to Kushalnagar as we are not transporting heavy goods and iron ore and moreover, most of the buses run half empty and also the areas are well connected with good roads. A contractor lobby is pushing for the project and they have joined hands with lobbyists from Kerala to implement these destructive projects,” he said.

What the Coorg Wildlife Society learnt through RTIs in Parliament is that the proposed project is till Makkandur in Madikeri from Mysuru. “If the Railway line is allowed till Kushalnagar, who will give the written guarantee that the line will not be drawn till Madikeri and later to Mangaluru bowing to political pressure,” asked Col. Muthanna.

Even if the Railway line comes to Kushalnagar, it will destroy thousands of trees and also increase the demographic pressure on the tiny district of Kodagu that is already facing destruction due to mindless     projects, he added.

Regarding National Highways, Col. Muthanna said that the existing State Highways that run via Kodagu is 9-metre wide and are in good condition. “There is no need to upgrade these State Highways into National Highways that will cause destruction of greenery,” he said.

July 12, 2018

10 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “PIL filed in HC to stop Mysuru-Kushalnagar Railway Line”

  1. I wish you all the best in your fight to save Kodak’s, Col. Muthana!

  2. Raj Urs says:

    My whole hearted support to you.
    Complete ‘Cauvery River Corridor’ including Karnataka & TN should support Col. Muthanna in stopping this destructive project.

  3. Brijesh Urs says:

    Our mp and Mala have cheated the people. I feel voices from bangalore (who come to enjoy nature in coorg) should join in our fight!!
    Pls come forward and let these politicians know it is always power with people!!

  4. Nair says:

    does kerala’s god’s own country stop at its boundaries while the rest of the world gets reduced to barren land? why dont the good people of kerala create a thriving economy in their home towns rather than forcing other states to lay out train lines to job hubs like Bengaluru or Mysuru

  5. M S Rajaram says:

    Projects at the cost of ecology and environmental afflictions is the cause of natural disasters affecting the society and it’s ethical life. Better to desist from execution of such projects which is not essentials for a good and safe and secured life of all creations ,animate or inanimate

    • Govind Pai says:

      Absolutely! We are aping the stupid West who have laid the world waste with their profligacy, greed and consumerism. Thanks to this unethical way of living, which is now “aspired” to by older and wiser civilizations, we have already destroyed more than 70% of all species on the planet and made this the age of the anthropocene. Soon all this beautiful world with its marvelous and delicately balanced flora and fauna will become a desert of shopping malls (or, in the online world, of warehouses). Was watching “The Blue Planet” series hosted by David Attenborough on BBC Earth. Please watch if you can. It will make any person with any sensibility, sad and angry.

  6. Bala says:

    We should not emulate restriction ist politics played in TN by fringe elements and letter pad political parties with the support of main formiddable opposition party. For every we can plant 2 to 5 fast growing trees in all Forest and govt land to more than compensated in a short period, may be even before the projects are completed. Benefits of these are immense in the long run to the local population and the State and the nation as a whole in terms growth and development. It will prove to be a boon to the area. Let us share the prosperity and not be a hindrance to it.

    • Brijesh urs says:

      You may grow planned trees but sir you can’t grow natural forest.
      First prosper in your thoughts and knowledge!!
      Do not forget nature is the cradle for nation!

    • Brijesh urs says:

      You may grow planned trees but sir you can’t grow natural forest.
      First prosper in your thoughts and knowledge!!
      Do not forget nature is the cradle for nation!

  7. Ashwin B N says:

    I am with Col. (Read.) Muthanna. Coorgis are very fortunate to be close to nature and I believe that should continue to be so. Old Bangaloreans know what they have lost, thanks to rampant urbanisation. Bangalore has lost its green cover, lakes and, most importantly, it’s salubrious climate. Spare Coorg and the warm & hospitable Coorgis.

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