Thalassery-Mysuru Railway Line Project : Remove K.C. Venugopal from AICC post, demands green activist from Kodagu

Thalassery-Mysuru Railway Line Project : Remove K.C. Venugopal from AICC post, demands green activist from Kodagu

June 23, 2018

Madikeri/ Mysuru: President of Coorg Wildlife Society Col. (Retd.) C.P. Muthanna, who is also the Coordinator, Save Kodagu and Cauvery Campaign, has demanded the immediate sacking of K.C. Venugopal from the post of All India Congress Committee (AICC) General Secretary (Karnataka In-charge) for exerting pressure on the State Government to implement the disputed Thalassery-Mysuru Railway Line Project.

In a letter to Congress President Rahul Gandhi, the copy of which is with Star of Mysore, Muthanna has said that Venugopal was misusing office to put pressure on the State Government to implement the Railway project that connects Thalassery to Mysuru via eco-sensitive Kodagu. If implemented, the project will destroy the district as the railway line passes through thick rainforests.

“Venugopal has been instrumental in pushing through a 400 KV high-tension power line through Kodagu from Mysuru to Kozhikode in Kerala. The project went through despite protracted opposition from the local communities. As a result, over 60,000 trees were cut in Kodagu, which is the principal catchment of River Cauvery. The same Venugopal is now trying to use his influence to get approval for the Mysuru-Thalassery railway line through Kodagu,” the letter stated.

“The railway line is an unnecessary project that will only serve the purpose of powerful vested interests, with thousands of trees being put to the axe. At a time when there is serious dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu regarding sharing of Cauvery waters and when thousands of farmers in the region are committing suicide due to the vicious cycle of drought and debt, it would be disastrous to even contemplate such destructive projects through Kodagu,” Col. Muthanna wrote.

Speaking to Star of Mysore this morning, Muthanna said that Venugopal was acting like an extra-Constitutional authority and is wielding his political power and influence for the betterment of Kerala, his home State, at the cost of Kodagu and Karnataka.

“It is at Venugopal’s behest that the Konkan Railway Corporation is undertaking a survey of forest land in South Kodagu without the permission of private land owners,” he said.

“I have written to Rahul Gandhi and requested him to remove Venugopal from the party post he holds so that he will not misuse his office to further his own political interests,” Muthanna added.

5 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Thalassery-Mysuru Railway Line Project : Remove K.C. Venugopal from AICC post, demands green activist from Kodagu”

  1. Raj Urs says:

    Who is this Venugopal ?
    May be the all the kannada activists and Raitha Sanga should join together & launch a movement to remove him from AICC to save Cauvery Basin and farmers interests.

    • latha says:

      Nothing will happen they will do what ever they wish to People of Karnataka are very meek they can be easily bent anyway they want..that’s exactly politicians will do irrespective of Cong/BJP or JDS..

  2. Anand says:

    This railway line is not the first and last line porposed to be constructed through a forest It will make less impact on environment than a full fledged highway, which is the only option in the absence of a railway connectivity through this region. Don’t know who’s vested interest these guys are protecting by denying this opportunity to people of Kodagu.

  3. Sir,
    I find disgusting that the Keralite Venugopal wants to destroy the natural ecology and beauty of Kodagu to benefit his fellow Keralites. Kodagu is already infiltrated by Keralites to the detriment of Kodavas. If the railway is built there will be more influx of Keralites to Kodagu. This Venugopal should be removed from AICC.

    When Congress was in power at the center (and in Karnataka) they treated Karnataka like a step child while giving non-congress government in Tamil Nadu all the benefits! Kannadigas should kick congress out of Karnataka. If Kannadigas don’t stand up and fight for Karnataka, it will be swallowed by the influx outsiders from North, East and South!

  4. Bhavin says:

    I think the matter shall be handled by the responsible ecologist who can answer the pros and cons of the project before deciding

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