BJP leaders accused of obstructing development projects
To oppose projects affecting the life of people BJP leaders accused of obstructing development projects
Madikeri: Cauvery Sene, the organisation fighting for public causes in the district, will enlist support of all political parties and leaders and various associations to organise protests in the district against the projects likely to affect the life of the people and alter the environment of the district.
Convener of the sene Ravi Chengappa told presspersons on Wednesday that efforts were on to go ahead with the mini hydro electric projects at Manjadka near Karike, bordering Kerala-Madikeri, and at Devarakolli area, on Madikeri-Mangalore road. Mr. Chengappa accused the office-bearers of the Madikeri taluk BJP Bharatiya Janata Party and the Karike Gram Panchayat of obstructing development projects.
Large extents of forestlands would get submerged in the proposed projects, he said. He charged the BJP office-bearers of succumbing to pressures of the contractors.
Mr. Chengappa said Minister for Forests Chennigappa had asked the officials concerned to explore the possibilities of drawing the 400 kV high-tension power transmission line from Kaiga to Kerala via the coastline. According to the earlier proposal, the lines were to pass through Kodagu forests and private lands.
The coastal line scheme was the outcome of the meeting of the Sene members, wildlife activists and C.S. Arun Machaiah, MLC, with the Minister some days ago in Bangalore.
A detailed report on the project would be given to the wildlife officials soon, he said.
Office bearers of the Sene Sunny, Chandru and Girish were present.