‘Rampant land conversion in Kodagu will kill River Cauvery’
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‘Rampant land conversion in Kodagu will kill River Cauvery’

May 11, 2022

Government must study uniqueness of each district and frame laws: Kodagu Samrakshana Vedike

Mysore/Mysuru: Concerned over the recent announcement by Revenue Minister R. Ashoka stating that agricultural land conversions across Karnataka would be approved within three days and the required amendments would be brought to the Karnataka Land Revenue Act, the Kodagu Samrakshana Vedike has said that this would be a disaster for Kodagu, the principal catchment area of River Cauvery.

Addressing a press conference at Pathrakarthara Bhavan in city this morning, President of Kodagu Samrakshana Vedike Chottekmada Rajeev Bopaiah said that the Government move will destroy hilly terrains and ecologically-sensitive regions such as Kodagu.

“Large scale land conversion in Kodagu for sites and layouts will invite large numbers of people from outside the State into Kodagu and exert extreme pressure on potable drinking water and water for agriculture and industry. It will kill the River Cauvery that is a lifeline of Karnataka,” he said.

Accompanied by Vedike members Col. (Retd.) Cheppudira P. Muthanna, Jammada Ganesh Ayanna and Annira Harish Madappa, Rajeev Bopaiah said that the High Court had stayed the process of land conversions in Kodagu stating that the No Objection Certificate (NOC) for land conversions issued by the committee headed by the Deputy Commissioner is not valid to approve blanket land                                                      conversions.

Burning problems ignored; focus on new roads:Requesting support from Kodagu MLAs Appachu Ranjan, K.G. Bopaiah, MP Pratap Simha and MLCs Veena Achaiah and Suja Kushalappa, the Vedike appealed to them to save the birthplace of Cauvery from destruction due to rampant land conversions. “Unfortunately, the burning problems of Kodagu like human-animal conflict, land conversion, Pouthi Khata and electricity are ignored by the elected representatives and they are interested in only developing new highways, further destroying the landscape,” they said.

The Vedike demanded that the Government must act immediately to avoid destruction of Kodagu. “Unfortunately, many politicians and political leaders are involved in land conversion in Kodagu and those DCs who resist attempts to convert land are being transferred within three months and DCs who act favourably to the politicians are brought in,” Rajeev Bopaiah alleged.

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“We have seen how Kodagu was ravaged by floods in 2018 and 2019 abetted by unbridled urbanisation and infrastructure development to promote tourism. Sale of agricultural land for non-agricultural purposes will have devastating consequences as reckless urbanisation has already caused a negative impact on the environment as evident in the floods and landslides,” he said.

 Bearing on water: “The government move makes it easy for any individual, industrialist or real estate stakeholders to directly approach farmers and purchase land. It’s not just about land in Kodagu but this will also have a bearing on water and its implications will be felt in the downstream region of the State like Mysuru and Mandya, impacting food security and agriculture,” Rajeev Bopaiah added.

The Vedike has demanded that instead of passing land laws that are applicable across the State, the Government should study the uniqueness of each district and frame laws according to the local environment and ecology. “We will take our movement to the next level that will include a boycott of elections,” the Vedike has warned.

4 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “‘Rampant land conversion in Kodagu will kill River Cauvery’”

  1. Questo says:

    This reminds: just giving away almost free the fertile land in Mysore to Infosys training centre to train cheap IT techies to do IT coolies work for Western IT companies, It has made Murthy a Dollar billionaire, able to send his son and daughter to the US, ,buying the courses and apartments there. This is Tech India of Narendra Modi.

  2. Prakash.R says:

    @Questo. I don’t know what is the source of your information but once on a TV interview Narayana Murthy answered that he did not get the land for Infosys free but purchased at the Market price! Also. Devde gowda camp wanted him to provide reservations Infosys like in State government but he did not succumb to it. So, calling the Infosys trainees is cookies only shows cheap and sour grapes mentality. Believe me, every one of them are highly merited and pass through rigorous tests and training, and none of them landed their by the reservations quota! Spreading misinformation seems to be only talent of SOM posters that each one excelling the others. Yes Infosys pay socks but then almost all of them find better careers in 5 years or less. That is a known fact . Calling them coolies can only delude yourself.

  3. Questo says:

    @Prakash
    You are just another IT coolie perhaps? Better careers where, after coding in IT sweat shops like Infosys? Aagin , another outsourced work based on USD-INR differential!! Murthy knows how to play idiots like you.
    You need not explain anything to me, as I know the inside story.
    You are in no position to comment based on ‘holier than thou’ attitude! Misinformation is produced like you have done above- by a third world cretin like you who is happy to function as an IT coolie.
    All you dimwits have to learn is to look at the fact that Infosys can hire 10 IT techies for the salary of 1 Western programmer. That is the definition of IT coolies!
    Sour grapes? I live in the West , not making imbeciles rich who send their son and daughter to US, buying the courses there through hefty donations to universities, and placing in apartments purchased on the sweating work of IT coolies!
    These India IT sweatshops have not produced a single software that has revolutionised the work pattern of the world at work. No innovation.
    They simply bid for maintenance based on the USD-INR differential besides cheap coding work.

  4. Howdy, Modi! says:

    Hey Prakash
    You sound not only foolish but a person who needs to sharpen your grey matter which is dormant and dull!
    The land purchased at market value? Was there any independent investigation done? NO!
    You will swallow any lie peddled. That is the quality of people like you, who do brainless code coolie work 24/7.
    These CEOs who never strived hard, only used the conversion rate of US Dollars to Indian Rupees, hiring cheap IT Labour, have destroyed Bangalore and other cities with buildings that come up on fertile lands, that do outsourced work. That is the real scenario of Modis Tech India!
    Sour grapes about what? Misinformation about what? What a bunch of neanderthals doing slave work each day!

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