By K K Aiyamma
Firstly let me Congratulate the Voters in Coorg for choosing Pratap Simha and Simha for winning. Coorg saw a 71.94 % turnout during the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections and I am sure most of the votes from Coorg went to Pratap’s kitty. The Narendra Modi Govt has won this election on the development plank. Simha understands that Coorg requires infrastructure development and he has been quite vocal about it. But, I think he is on the “wrong track”.
The “main” issue when it comes to “infrastructure” and that I have noticed time and again is – Coorg lacking “Good roads”. And by Good Roads I am not talking about the roads connecting Coorg from Mysore or Kerala, but roads to every nook and corner in Coorg.
On June 6, Simha solicited suggestion on twitter, asking if the Mysore-Kodagu road should be upgraded to National Highway. My reply as mentioned in the twitter grab was “NO”. Charity begins at home, so develop roads in Coorg first.
By June 8, the road talk had vanished from the picture and Simha was pushing for Mysore – Kushalnagar railway line. This even after a survey report stating that the railway line is not feasible. I am happy to note that I am not alone in my ” Good Roads” would be enough, request.
Really? is this what we need, a railway to Coorg. Why don’t you just fix the roads, will be more than enough…. https://t.co/f4692tc5ZZ
— MA Deviah (@deviah) June 9, 2014
Simha is surely moving fast with the development agenda. By June 9th, he tweeted the following;
Met the railway minister @DVSBJP n submitted d proposal for Mys-Kushnr-Coorg train. Now the onus is on Krn govt2 bear half expenses 1/2
— Pratap Simha (@mepratap) June 9, 2014
Coming to the point – I firmly believe that Coorg does NOT need a railway line criss-crossing its landscape. Good Roads in Coorg and upgrading the roads connecting Coorg from Mysore and Kerala will do just fine.
But it seems Simha is more interested in flagging off a train to Coorg.