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This follows the scope of the district for promoting tourism

It can be established at Koppa near Kushalnagar: Appachu Ranjan

‘Chief Minister will be urged to issue orders to withdraw forest circular’

Madikeri: Madikeri MLA, M.P. Appachu Ranjan, said here on Friday that he would appeal to the Chief Minister, B.S. Yeddyurappa, to sanction a mini airport to Kodagu in view of the scope the district had for promotion of tourism.

In an informal chat with presspersons after the inauguration of his new office on the Fort premises here, Mr. Ranjan said the place identified at Chikkaluvara village in Somwarpet taluk earlier was found not suitable for establishing the airport. He said he would request Mr. Yeddyurappa to instruct the concerned to establish the airport at Koppa, near Kushalnagar.

Mr. Ranjan stated that Mr. Yeddyurappa had ordered the removal of conditions stated in the two controversial revenue circulars issued by the then Revenue Secretary as promised by him.

He would soon urge the Chief Minister to issue orders to withdraw the forest circular also. The then Forest Minister, Chennigappa, had refused to withdraw the forest circular even after the then Chief Minister, H.D. Kumaraswamy, had agreed on the floor of the House for the revocation.

He said that he would give priority to providing drinking water, housing, good roads and education in his constituency. Due to shortage of fodder and drinking water, elephants were straying into human habitations in many places in the district. He would impress upon the concerned for the removal of teak plantations and replacing them with elephant fodder species.

Lapse of fund

Mr. Ranjan, responding to a question on the lapse of Rs. 6.13 crore fund from the zilla panchayat, said it had happened due to the inefficiency of the zilla panchayat president. The panchayat president should tender resignation owning moral responsibility. Replying to another question, he said that he would strive to get back the funds from the Government.

He rebuked the Congress, which had alleged that the BJP was trying to indulge in “horse trading” with a view to unseat the Congress president in the Kodagu Zilla Panchayat, saying “that culture belonged only to the Congress”.

He was responding to the allegations made by a former MLA that the BJP was making efforts to coax certain Congress members in the zilla panchayat to favour it during the proposed no-confidence motion. In fact, Congress members themselves were out to oust the panchayat president, he alleged. Mr. Ranjan blamed the previous dispensation with regard to the fertilizer crisis in the State. The problems would not have come up if the Governor’s dispensation had taken precautionary measures.

He instructed the Public Works Department and the panchayat engineering wing officials to keep watch on the snapping of road links during monsoon due to tree falls.

Roads should be cleared making way for smooth movement of vehicular traffic.

Virajpet MLA K.G. Bopaiah and Deputy Commissioner K.R. Niranjan attended the inauguration of the new office of Mr. Ranjan.

The president of the Kodagu BJP unit, M.P. Sunil Subramani, and members of the zilla panchayat were present.

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