Greens oppose felling of trees for 400 KV high tension wire

'Proposed project will threaten water security'

Greens oppose felling of trees for 400 KV high tension wire

Urging the district administration to stop felling of trees for laying 400 KV high-tension wire from Mysore-Kozhikode, the members of Cauvery Bachao Andolan, Cauvery Sene, Raitha Sangha and Hasiru Sene staged a protest in Madikeri on Monday. Farmers from Mandya, Mysore, Dakshina Kannada and Chamarajanagar participated in the protest. 

The protesters took out a procession in the main streets of Madikeri from General Thimmaiah Circle and staged a dharna in front of the DC’s office. 

Farmer leader K S Nanjunde Gowda said felling of trees in South Kodagu to facilitate the work would affect rainfall in the Cauvery catchment area. “It will indirectly affect sources of drinking water in Kodagu, Mandya, Mysore and Bangalore districts. It is not the responsibility of citizens of Kodagu alone to conserve river Cauvery. It is the responsibility of all those who have been depending on river Cauvery for drinking water. We are committed to support Cauvery Bachao Andolan,” he said. 

Andolan leader Dr B C Nanjappa said that owing to the negligence of the representatives of Kodagu, River Cauvery was on the verge of drying up. 

Cauvery Sene convener Ravi Chengappa said that timber mafia, sand mafia, vote bank politics, real estate /resort mafia, mines mafia was affecting the nature in Kodagu district. 

Raitha Sangha leader Konasale Narasaraju, Samballi Suresh, Nagendra Badagalapura, Rajegowda among others were present. 

ProjectThe 400 KV high-tension line project is being taken up by the Power Grid Corporation of India. The work on laying lines have been completed from Mysore to border of Kodagu district, and Kozhikode to border of Kodagu district. The work on installing high tension wire in 50 km stretch is in progress in the district. 

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