Plea to drop Hassan-Kerala Highway via Kodagu

Plea to drop Hassan-Kerala Highway via Kodagu

March 17, 2022

Madikeri: In an appeal to the people to resist highways and rail lines passing through Kodagu that will ultimately result in drying up of River Cauvery, former President of Coorg Wildlife Society Col. (Retd.) C.P. Muthanna said that people must support environmentalists who are fighting for the cause of Kodagu district and for the larger interests of people living in cities like Mysuru and Bengaluru.

Addressing a press conference in Madikeri yesterday, Muthanna, who is also the Convenor of Save Kodagu and Save Cauvery movement, said that even as the man-animal conflict has reached its worst phase in Kodagu where human lives are lost almost every day due to this kind of projects that destroyed the forests, politicians are hell bent on bringing projects like four-lane highways and Railway lines to facilitate connectivity at the cost of environment.

Noting that tiger menace has turned severe of late, he said the main reason for this is deforestation. “Today there is a situation where people are scared to venture out of their homes and there are no workers in estates even during prime coffee and pepper seasons,” he said.

More destruction on cards

“Huge deforestation was done near Harangi Dam and Chiklihole Dam for the Karike Hydro Electricity Project and lakhs of healthy fully grown trees were chopped in South Kodagu for the Mysuru-Kozhikode high-tension power line. Added to the destruction, a four-lane highway is being built from Mysuru to Kushalnagar, a Railway line is being brought to Kushalnagar with grand plans of extending it up to Mangaluru to connect Kerala. A National Highway connecting Chennarayapattanna in Hassan to Kerala via Kodlipet and Madikeri to Makutta has been planned and this will spell doom for the tiny district,” Muthanna said.

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“Earlier when many destructive projects were sanctioned including the Mysuru-Kozhikode high-tension power line, we could not prevent them due to lack of political support. MP Pratap Simha did not support the cause of the protection of forests. His own party MLAs from Kodagu K.G. Bopaiah and M.P. Appachu Ranjan must convince the MP not to destroy Kodagu further and use his good offices to drop the Hassan-Kerala Highway,” he appealed.

Major (Retd.) Biddanda Nanjappa from Field Marshal Cariappa and General Thimayya Forum, Sanju Somanna, Kaveri Sene President Ravi Chengappa and Shaan Bopaiah were present at the press meet.

2 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Plea to drop Hassan-Kerala Highway via Kodagu”

  1. Mann Ki Baat! says:

    This highway is the shape of things to come linking Kerala to Mysuru. Then there will be a pressure and a plan to link Wayanad properly with Mysuru, with Rahul Gandhi the MP leading the initiative. Malayalees, see Mysuroeans as docile fools, and Bommai as a dim witted idiot, who is not capable of protests idiot, and hence want to settle in very large numbers , when the Mysore airport expansion takes place
    One can see the action of hefty bribes to MPs for the support of the above highway by the Malayalee crime bosses who smuggle gold ingots through the 4 Kerala airports: Trvandrum, Cochin, Calicut and Kannur, every day with impunity , as they have the customs officers there in their pockets.
    ysoreans start learning Malayala, as this will be the first language of Mysuru district within the next decade.

  2. Satarawalla says:

    This highway proposal has all the hallmarks of rich Kerala business men-mostly those who operate illegal businesses linking with Gulf countries, and who want to expand the business in Mysore city, as they see this city and surrounding towns as relatively sparsely populated areas to launder their illegal money by setting up businesses. These are mostly Kerala Muslims, vicious crime gangs dealing in gold and fake fake designer goods,and they financed for some time, the Bollywood film production in conjunction with the Muslim crime gangs in Mumbai.
    Your CM and MP Simha are obliging them through the plan to expand Mysore airport to receive jet passenger airlines, which will be almost the Gulf airlines from Doha, Dubai and Abudabi, where these gangs are active.
    Unfortunately, one can see your city becoming the play ground for these people. We in Mumbai have seen enough of these operations and the damage they create.


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