Widening of roads in Ponnampet begins

Widening of roads in Ponnampet begins

Ponnampet in South Kodagu, known as cultural town, is all set for a facelift. But, it has some negative effects as buildings — some of which are centuries old — are being demolished for widening of roads.

The town, which so far had narrow roads, is now getting wider roads. Several houses and shops are being demolished — either completely or partially.

Ponnampet town was built in 1845 by Madaiah in memory of Cheppudira Ponnappa, who was the Dewan during the regime of Raja Chikkaveera Rajendra. Mahatma Gandhi visited the town once during the freedom struggle. Ramakrishna Girani, Ramakrishna Sharadashrama and government primary and high schools were built during the British era.

Although the town has seen development in various phases, it has maintained its beauty and serenity. In fact, it is considered as the cleanest town in South Kodagu. With the town connecting to the Mysore-Manandavadi road between, and due to thousands of students studying in several educational institutions here, the narrow roads had become a problem.
Realising this, the public works department took up the task of widening the roads. As Basaveshwara temple, situated in the heart of the town, could not be demolished, considering the religious sentiments of people, the houses nearby are being demolished.

The road widening works have resulted in severe drinking water problem as the pipes have been either damaged or removed. Along with the gram panchayat, Ponnampet Golden Jaycee is supplying drinking water to citizens through tankers.

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