Mining affects Tumkur’s village

Founded by Chikkanayaka, a Palegar belonging to the Hagalavadi Nayak dynasty, Chikkanayakanahalli in Tumkur district was once known for its green valleys, hillocks and eye-catching coconut groves. The town has age-old temples apart from the famed Tathaiahana Dargah which attracts devotees hailing from all communities. 

In recent years though, Chikkanayanakanahalli has changed a lot for the worse because of indiscriminate mining activities.

According to residents of CN Halli, in spite of their protests and agitations,  mining permits have been given to extract ore from mining fields spread over more than five thousand acres of land located in and around Borana Kanive and other mining areas of Chikkanayakanahalli. The mining activities in Chikkanayakanahalli taluk have badly affected many villages like Abbigegudda, Godekere, Honnebaghi, Bullenahalli, Guddada palya, Sodanahalli and Somanahalli. “Dusty environment, dry wells, dwindling crop yields and shrinking forest lands are all that we have got from this mining operation,” said Shivappa, a farmer from Honnebaghi village.  “It all started some fifty years ago when I used to get less than a rupee, my daily wage from a small mining company. Today, youngsters from nearby hamlets who work for mining companies, earn far more than what I used to get but most of them are worried about their future,” recollects 70-year-old Thimmaiah of Chikkanayakanahalli. 

S V Upendra Charya

Of a woman’s sacrifice in 1857

A 19th-century historic cemetery found on the Chennai-Bangalore National Highway in the outskirts of Mulbagal has two English inscriptions carved on black granite plates. One of the inscriptions found on the cemetery says that it was built by one Choriyappa and talks about a woman who sacrificed her life at the age of 25 with her two children during 1857. The inscription says she was a member of a British institution that worked for social harmony and upliftment of the poor.

G V Purushothama Rao

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