Environment

News concerning Coorg’s Environment & Ecology

Project Radio Collar launched to track elephants

Siddapura: Concerned at the increasing instances of elephant-human conflict, the Forest Department, for the first time in Kodagu, has put radio collars on elephants to study their migration patterns. The Department has decided to put radio collars on selected elephants so that their migration patterns can be studied. An analysis of their movements will help…

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Govt bans land conversion at Coorg for commercial purposes

Deccan Herald is reporting that the state government has imposed a ban of land conversion for commercial purposes. More than 1000 applications are pending with the DC and at least 500 have been rejected by the DC. The DC has taken into account the fragile ecosystem of Coorg, while taking the decision. An RTI query…

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Proposed Road, Railway Projects – HC orders govt. to maintain status quo

Image: Charan Kumar These projects will wreak havoc in the district, warns IISc report The Karnataka High Court (HC) has directed the State Additional Advocate General and Special Public Prosecutor to maintain status quo pending disposal of the petitions filed by Coorg Wildlife Society (CWS) against the proposed Railway and Highway projects that are bound…

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Thalassery-Mysuru Railway Line echoes in Parliament: Get eco clearances first, Centre tells Kerala MP

The railway line wants to pass through pristine forests of Coorg, the forests are the main catchment area for Kaveri River. Image: Manish Pandey New Delhi: Elected representatives from Kerala seem to be lobbying hard for the implementation of the controversial Thalassery-Mysuru Railway Line that will pass through lush green forests in South Kodagu despite…

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CM wants to upgrade Channarayapattana to Madikeri Road to national highway, 4 Lanes

While opposition to widening of road between Kushalnagar & Sampaje is active, the CM Kumaraswamy yesterday discussed with PM Modi the up-gradation of road from Channarayapattana to Madikeri via Holenarasipura, Arkalgud and Kodlipet –  to national highway. In June, during the meeting  with Minister of Road Transport and Highways of India, Nitin Gadkari, he had…

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Widening of NH 275 between Kushalnagar and Sampaje: Public opinion builds against Project

Massive rally in Madikeri on Dec. 8 Mysuru/Madikeri: A massive public opinion is building in Kodagu district against the State Government’s proposal to widen National Highway (NH) 275 between Kushalnagar, Madikeri and Sampaje. At a public hearing held in Kushalnagar recently, the project was opposed as it will destroy the green environs in a land…

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District-In-Charge Minister comes to rescue an injured deer

District in-Charge Minister S.R. Mahesh won the hearts of the people when he stopped his car on Madikeri-Kushalnagar Highway yesterday and nursed an injured deer lying by the roadside which could have been hit by a speeding vehicle. Mahesh was on his way to Madikeri to address a meeting of officers after assuming change as…

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PIL against Railway lines via Kodagu: High Court gives two weeks to Govt. to make its stand clear

Government has to either say Yes or No to the project or it must say that the project is under consideration or underway NOTE: The Railway Ministry’s ‘advice’ to the Kerala government to ‘seek specific approval’ from the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) to carry out a survey for the proposed Thalassery-Mysuru…

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State has not permitted any survey in Kodagu for Railway line: CM Kumaraswamy

The State Government has not accorded permission to anybody to conduct a survey on the proposed Thalassery-Mysuru Railway Line via South Kodagu, said Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy. He was replying to a question in the Legislative Council raised by MLC Sunil Subramani yesterday. The MLC had submitted a detailed question to the Speaker about the…

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Thalassery-Mysore Railway Line Survey By Konkan Railway Irks Villagers

Even as the Central Government has been repeatedly saying that the controversial and environmentally destructive Thalassery-Mysuru Railway Line project via South Kodagu has been shelved, officials of Konkan Railway Corporation have been silently conducting a survey in South Kodagu and its green belt for Railway line to pass. Yesterday, a few officials of Konkan Railway…

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