Say goodbye to the rains
Something seems dangerously off about the state government’s understanding of conservation. While most Bengalureans are still worrying about the consequences of losing 800-odd trees to a steel flyover, the government now wants to hack through the fragile ecosystem of the Western Ghats to build a road. And this time, at least 30,000 trees will be lost.
The government on Tuesday confirmed that this new road – connecting Byrapura in Chikkamagaluru with Shishila in Dakshina Kannada, spanning 65 km – will cut through pristine forests of the Ghats. The project is already underway.
In December last year, the state had agreed in principle to develop a road between the two districts as an alternative to the existing highways via Shiradi and Charmadi that were often chock-a-block with vehicles.
On Tuesday, in a reply to BJP’s MK Pranesh, Public Works Department minister HC Mahadevappa said the project had now begun, and currently, the survey work was going on. The entire project (two-lane road) is expected to cost about Rs56 crore.
Mahadevappa said: “Of the 65-km stretch, 13 km will wind through Dakshina Kannada district and 52 km through Chikkamagalur district. The government has already entrusted Bengaluru-based Preethi CAD Consulting Engineers with the responsibility of preparing the detailed project report (DPR). The firm is in the process of conducting a survey in the area, and work is under progress and only after obtaining the DPR will we know the periodicity of the project.”