Heritage tag: Forum set for open discussion

Kodagu Swabhimana Samrakshana Vedike leaders Madhu Bopanna said that all the necessary preparations for the open discussion on including Western Ghat in Unesco’s world heritage spot list has been done.

The discussion will be held on July 1.

Addressing a news conference on Wednesday, he said that environmentalists, elected representatives and general public may take part in the event and give their suggestions.

Unesco chooses spots

He said that the Unesco officials have dropped the names of five spots in Kodagu, during a meeting in Paris, citing technical reasons.

Actually the officials took this move owing to the intense opposition to the proposal from the locals.

He said that since there is time till next year to think over the pros and cons of the inclusion, there is a need to hold open discussions on the issue and take a decision unanimously.

“Along with this there is a need to solve the Jamma Bane issue. Though CM Yeddyurappa had promised to solve the Jamma Bane issue, nothing has been done so far,” he said raising concern over relentless conversion of agriculture land for commercial purpose, boosting resort culture in the region.

Demanding ban on resort culture, he said that it is strangling agriculture activity in the district.

He said that so called environmentalists are conspiring to declare five spots in Kodagu as heritage spots and also declare forest of Kodagu as ecologically sensitive spots.

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