View Full Version : Kolar Projects Thread
May 19th, 2012, 11:10 AM
SSLC result: Srinivaspur retains first place in Kolar
Shidlaghatta records 89.96 pass percentage
Srinivaspur taluk continues to be the topper in SSLC results among the taluks in the district although Kolar Gold Fields has slipped to the last position.
Kolar and Mulbagal, which were second and third respectively last year, have fallen by one position each, this year. In contrast, Malur taluk has jumped up by two positions, from fourth to second place.
Girl found dead
A girl allegedly committed suicide by jumping under a moving train, dejected over her failure in the SSLC examination.
C R Pallavi, 15, was a resident of Chikkakurugodu village and belonged to an agricultural family.
She was a student of Government SSEA High School. The members of her family said that she committed suicide at 7 am on Friday.
Block Education Officer , head master of the college visited the family. A complaint has been registered with the Doddaballapur Railway Police.
With a pass percentage of 89.96 pre cent, the taluk has created a history of sorts in the SSLC examination results announced on Thursday.
Of the 2,501 students who wrote the exam, 2,250 students have passed. N A Divya of Navodaya Vidyasamsthe in Nadipinayakanahalli and K C Meghana of Swami Vivekananda High School in Mallur have scored the highest marks in the taluk with 592 out of 625 (94.72 per cent). S Preethi (588 marks - 94.08 per cent) and R Varun (586 marks - 93.76 per cent) also from Swami Vivekananda High School in Mallur are in the second and third position respectively.
Eleven schools in the taluk have received cent per cent results. The schools are: Jyoti High School and Jnanajyothi High School in Jangamakote, Jyoti High School in ‘H’ Cross, Navodaya Vidyasamsthe in Nadipinayakanahalli, BGS High School in Hanumanthapura, Dolphin School, Swami Vivekananda High School in Mallur, Seetharamachandra High School in Baluvanahalli, Crescent High School and Ashakiran School for the Blind.
Six visually impaired students appeared for the exam in the taluk and all six of them have passed.
Talukwise results in Kolar
Taluk Appeared Passed Percentage
* Srinivaspur 2,777 2,511 90.42
* Malur 2,876 2,487 86.47
* Kolar 5,212 4,327 83.02
* Mulbagal 3,053 2,505 82.05
* Bangarpet 3,027 2,357 77.87
* KGF 3,158 2,382 75.43
May 20th, 2012, 11:37 AM
Team of experts to be formed to survey tanks in district
Kolar DC hopes to get a permanent solution for drought
A team of local experts will analyse the situation of water tanks in the district and help plan the rejuvenation of the tanks, said Deputy Commissioner Dr D S Vishwanath.
“Separate projects will be prepared for tanks in rural and urban areas. The report of the team will be submitted to the government for further action,” he added.
Addressing the media at his office on Saturday he said, “Water tanks in urban areas will be developed with available resources in the district as the number of tanks is pretty small. In contrast, since the number is larger in rural areas, we need help of the government. A report on the water tanks in urban areas will be submitted in two to three weeks.”
“D Ranga Reddy, Central Irrigation Commission convening officer and inspecting Engineer, who visited the district on May 15 to inspect the drought situation, expressed surprise over crores of rupees being spent for desilting water tanks and also objected to it,” said the Deputy Commissioner and added that it was a natural reaction.
“Development of tanks is necessary in order to maintain local water sources and overcome the drought in the district.”
100 temple tanks
The administration has already decided to develop up to 100 temple tanks (kalyanis) in the district under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, said Vishwanath.
The chief executive officer of the Zilla Panchayat has already instructed subordinate officers on the matter. “Rejuvenating temple tanks will help us harvest drinking water,” he added.
The district has incurred losses up to Rs 217 crore because of the drought.
“The agricultural loss in the district has been Rs 79 crore, horticultural is Rs 109 crore, fisheries is Rs 13 crore and sericulture is Rs 16 crore.
We will get only Rs 27 crore from the natural disaster relief fund. Since the rules for 2010-15 have been amended by the 13th Finance Commission, funds will be released going by the new rules. The loss in agriculture will be approximated by a harvest survey,” the Deputy Commissioner said.
Manure and seeds
Pre-monsoon shower has set in and sowing seeds - including ragi, rice and tur - and manure necessary for agricultural activities have been kept in stock, said Vishwanath.
“Officers in the Agriculture Department have been instructed to prepare posters informing that seeds will be distributed at subsidised rates. The posters will be advertised at village, hobli and taluk levels,” he added.
The officers have also been instructed to ensure no transport charges are collected from farmers purchasing manure. Action will be taken against sellers who collect charges, he warned.
“The matter of construction of compound walls without licence in regions near Hosalli, Paparajanahalli and other places on Teralli Hills will be investigated. Information will also be collected from the Forest Department,” assured Vishwanath.
May 20th, 2012, 11:39 AM
This hospital is in need of intensive care
Staff crunch and lack of maintenance have pushed hospital in KGF to death bed
The Government Communicable Diseases Hospital at Kolar Gold Fields sure needs some intensive care.
The Hospital, which has been ailing from lack of staff and maintenance, requires some proper attention and treatment.
The Hospital was established with the sole purpose of providing treatment to the persons affected by communicable diseases. In order to maintain higher levels of hygiene and cleanliness and ensuring caution and care to those patients, a separate building was established.
Change in role
It is an irony of sorts to note that today it is the hospital that needs some care and not the patients. For the patients seldom visit the hospital, going by the notoriety it has achieved.
Without adequate staff to run the show, works get piled up in the hospital. The only available staff are made to work overtime, while, the patients have, of late, refrained from visiting the hospital. The beds are vacant most of the time and only the out-patient department seems to work in the few hours of morning.
While, the in-patient department hardly functions, with no staff to attend, nor patients to count. Most of them wonder that when the Hospital had stopped functioning, what was the point in keeping it ‘alive.’
The very existence of the hospital is being questioned.
Why there is a need to have a separate hospital for communicable diseases, when its
purpose has not been achieved, a few question.
In the morning hours, only a nurse and a couple of “D” grade employees are seen running around. And during nights, neither the patients are seen nor the staff are visible.
The Hospital wears a deserted look, sending chills down the spines of the visitors, who rush there in the hope of getting some medical relief. They are sure to faint in shock going by the way the Hospital functions.
“Empty beds and deserted corridors are enough to demoralise patients. There are no duty doctors appointed nor are there nurses, who can take care of patients in the doctor’s absence. The in-patients are left to fend for themselves. I wonder how it will be during emergencies,” says a Mescom official who was admitted to the Hospital, recently.
Last month, a gastroenteritis patient required immediate medical attention. When he arrived at the Hospital to get admitted, the nurse of duty refused to get him admitted.
As if these problems were not sufficient, an incident of physical abuse has also left the Hospital’s image dented. It was reported that the family members of a nurse had allegedly abused a ward boy physically.
Expressing his helplessness, District Surgeon Dr Shivram admitted that the staff crunch in the Hospital had lead to several problems. The Hospital was not able to do justice to the patients. The higher officials had already been appealed several times in this regard, he added.
The people feel the district health officer and the district vigilance officer should also do something in this regard.
They should take up the matter seriously and try to give a new lease of life to the Hospital and try to resuscitate the sinking institution.
May 20th, 2012, 11:43 AM
Village in CB Pur becomes laboratory for agricultural experiments
In most of the villages in Chikkaballpur there is large scale cultivation of ragi (finger millets), tur dal and grapes.
Each village is known for one variety of crop. The farmers repose their faith in one particular crop.
However, there is one village in the taluk which is different from the others. Every kind of crop is experimented here. Tammanayakanahalli has thus transformed into a village laboratory.
Tammanayakanahalli is located along the Chikkaballpur-Shidlaghatta main road. In an area of 99 acres one experiment or the other will be in progress throughout the year. By engaging in various experiments in farming activities farmers have made achievements in agriculture.
The reason for this village become a place for research is because of the existence of Agricultural Research Centre of University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore.
The Research Centre is in posession of 99 acres of land where various agricultural experiments are carried out.
Experiments are carried out in respect of various crops like sunflower, ragi (finger millets), tur dal and grapes. The seeds which are sown here are brought from the University of Agricultural Sciences in Hebbal.
After growing the crops, the seeds which are produced here are taken back to the University in Bangalore. The seeds are then sold to the farmers.
“I have been working here since the last 25 years. The seeds brought from the University are sown here. For instance, three kgs of sunflower seeds sown here yields three quintals of seeds. These seeds are packed and sold to the farmers”, says Anjanappa of Avalahalli village.
“We are guided by the experts from the University. We work in accordance with their guidance. It is rare to conduct research in a place in the Bayaluseeme region where there is lack of irrigation. Tammanayakanahalli is fortunate to have a research centre”, adds Anjanappa.
Says Aradhya, head of the research centre, “There is lack of irrigation in most parts of the taluk, but Tammnayakanahalli does not have much problem, enabling us to carry on experiments and reseach and new varieties of seeds and crops.”
May 20th, 2012, 01:06 PM
Showers boost agricultural activities in Kolar
KOLAR: Continuous spell of rain in several parts of Kolar district for the past two weeks has brought cheer to the farmers.
Sowing is in progress in many villages and a majority of the farmers are opting for groundnut, tur dal, ragi, jowar and maize.
According to Joint Director of Agriculture Department Chikkanna, the farmers have been advised to sow sesame, groundnut, maize and ragi.
They have also been advised to complete sowing of groundnut seeds before June 15, ragi and paddy by July-end.
Seeds are being distributed to farmers as per the guidelines of the Agriculture Department, he said.
Agricultural Department technical officer S Ravi Kumar said that tur dal is expected to be grown in 4,500 hectares, groundnut in 11,500 hectares, ragi in 62,000 hectares and paddy in 8,000 hectares this season.
According to the Statistics Department, the district received 809.
2 mm rainfall from May 1 to 16.
Kolar received the highest of 255.
6 mm followed by Bangarpet 177.
5 mm, Srinivasapur 140.
5 mm, Malur 120.
2 mm and Mulbagal recorded the lowest of 115.
4 mm rainfall.
Gopalappa of Chowda Dinne Halli in Narasapura taluk, who owns four acres, said that the early start of monsoon has given hope to the farmers who were reeling under the drought effect.
I will grow ragi in half my land and groundnuts in the remaining land, he said.
The showers have not only helped the farmers to start agricultural activities but also raised the ground water level, said Chandrappa of Srinivasapur.
The recent rains have recharged some of the dried borewells.
If the rains continue, it will help farmers to continue with their agri activities, he said.
Muniraju, former zilla panchayat member and an agriculturalist who owns 20 acres at Tholenahalli in Bangarpet taluk, said: “No doubt the rains have brought cheer to the farmers but it is not sufficient for a healthy crop.
” As all most all the borewells and lakes are dried up and there is need to ensure water for crops even when there are no rains, he opined.
May 21st, 2012, 11:48 AM
Kolar police plan to push carts out of the way
Vehicles in Kolar obstructed; roads too narrow in Gauribidanur
Traffic police in the City, struggling to control the increasing number of vehicles on narrow streets have a new ‘prey’- vendors with pushcarts.
Some of such vendors have the sides of roads as their business grounds, some ‘park’ their carts haphazardly on the roads, while some others right in the middle of minor roads. Regardless of where they are, these vendors are now at the receiving end of the stick from traffic police.
One of the reasons for this being that they come in way of the numerous processions, rallies, etcetera in the City. The interruption is invariably followed by the traffic police shouting at them and struggling to move them aside and make way for the processions or rallies. Very often this includes a verbal tussle between the police and the pushcart vendors.
The decision of the traffic police to take action in the matter, although a little surprising, seems a welcome development.
Hundreds of pushcart vendors are to be found on Doddapet Road, Ammavaripet Road, Kalamma Temple Road, MG Road and Old Post Office Road as well as near the old bus stand, making ends meet with meagre means.
“But this does not mean they are permitted to park their carts just anywhere on the streets and wander off, creating problems for others,” argues Traffic Police Sub-inspector Chandrappa.
Most of the roads are decades old and narrow. The number of vehicles on the roads, however, is constantly and quickly increasing. Managing such traffic under normal circumstances itself is difficult. If there are festival processions, protest rallies or other parades, the condition worsens. The presence of pushcarts only creates further problems in controlling the traffic, said Chandrappa.
“Having business on pushcarts is not objectionable, for us. But the vendors should park their carts out of the way of the traffic. It is preferable if they use the sides of broader roads and avoid coming on narrower streets. Traffic is always heavier during rush hours, in the mornings and evenings. The pushcart vendors should keep in mind such problems and even cooperate with us during festive seasons. They should never forget their role in maintaining smooth flow of traffic,” he added.
The vendors, on the other hand, insist their livelihood is on the streets, with the pushcarts.
“Most of the business is on the narrower streets situated near the market and bus stand. How can we be expected to go to roads that citizens do not use at all or maybe hardly use?” they say.
If the traffic police have problems with our presence on the roads, let them suggest a good business place as an alternative for us, the vendors challenge.
“We are forced to pay bribes to some traffic police staff on a daily basis. Only then will they let us be. If not, they will force us to move elsewhere or verbally abuse us,” they complain and demand that the traffic police behave better with pushcart vendor.
May 21st, 2012, 11:50 AM
Congested and narrow roads are drivers’ nightmare
The number of vehicles on BH Road and MG Road is increasing at a steady pace. But what is adding to the problem of traffic moving at snail’s pace here is the poor width of the roads.
Neither road has been widened. Vehicles driving from the Nagaiah Circle till the students’ hostel of the National College struggle to inch their way ahead on the road, and the condition of pedestrian is no better.
“Roads as old as 80 years have not changed a bit till now. The town is no doubt is expanding, but the roads are not so lucky. The roads were also not built with much planning,” complained Nagesh, a businessman, in conversation with Deccan Herald.
The increase in vehicles and population should have been followed by a project for widening of the roads and better traffic facilities.
The town municipal and taluk administration, however, are showing utter disinterest in the matter.
“The district administration attempted widening the roads three years ago. The officers had even given notice to owners of roadside businessmen to clear off,” he reminisced.
“There were also instructions to clear encroachments of roads. Following such measures, some businessmen cleared up to 6.50 metres of the roads,” he added.
“Some of them did not, while some more approached the legal authorities. In the end, however, the roads remain as they were, without being widened,” Nagesh said, adding, “Although the number of vehicles has not remained static.”
Speaking on the action the local administrative bodies should take, Nagesh said, “The authorities should understand the problems of the vehicle users and pedestrians and take suitable action to solve them. They should therefore get the roads cleared and widen the major roads in the town immediately.”
May 21st, 2012, 11:51 AM
Completion of new DC office in Chikkaballapur will take more time
When ready, it will lessen travel for citizens of the district
The new office of the deputy commissioner, under construction on the lines of Rashtrapathi Bhavan at Anakanur will take some time to be completed.
The building was expected to be ready by March 26. But the delay means more tough days ahead for the people of the district.
For, the deputy commissioner’s building, at present is located at Chadulapura - seven km from the City.
There are no proper buses to reach the office from old bus stand and opting for autos will only prove costly for the citizens.
The present location is just three km away from the city. Thus there was a huge demand to shift the DC office to the city.
The building is being built at a cost of Rs 19 crore on 10 acre of land and the construction began in 2010. The building modelled on the Rashtrapathi Bhavan will have three floors.
Once ready, the building will have almost all the major departments including office of the district in-charge minister, MP office, department of food and civil supplies, department of disaster management and others under one roof.
“Early completion of the building will spare us from travelling that far for various government related works. Everybody will benefit from it,” said farmers’ leader Muniraju.
May 22nd, 2012, 09:48 AM
MB Road widening work sees no end
The MB Road widening work, that had taken up with a sum of Rs 2.8 crore, has reached its 110th day, is far from nearing completion.
A deadline of four months was given for the completion of work, which is just a few days ahead. The initiative was jointly taken up by the district administration and the Public Works Department. The work has reached its fourth month, but has seen no improvement since its begun.
Construction of drains
Though the work on construction of drainage has started, it is going on at a snail’s pace. The citizens complaint that the stench from the drain is unbearable. The surroundings is a mess due to heaps of construction material deposited in front of the shops on the either sides of the road.
The pedestrians have to battle this roads daily with open manholes and electricity poles in the middle of the road, that has increased the risk of accidents in the area.
The traders here had blocked roads and protested, demanding the prevention of leakage of effluents from the drainage, near Ammavaripet Circle. Another protest on January 28 had forced the police to lathicharge the protesters.
The intolerance among the traders who had set up the shops at the New Bus Stand Circle to Mekke Circle stretch has aggravated due to dusty roads and the surrounding problems.
The work of transferring the waste material, that was accumulated during the demolition of the building is also creeping. The ongoing work of reconstruction of the shops by the traders is being carried out in the midst of the deposited waste.
As far as the demolition of the compound of the police quarters is considered, only a portion is demolished. However, the Church compound at Mekka Circle has totally been demolished.
The members have urged to issue a notice to the officials of the Public Works Department and district administration for the completion of the work at the earliest.
May 23rd, 2012, 10:13 AM
Citizens welcome raids on quacks in Chikkaballapur
The racket of quacks in the district was brought to light during the recent raid, undertaken jointly by the Indian Medical Association (IMA), District Health and Family Welfare Department and police.
The raids on clinics in Chikkaballapur, Chintamani and Gudibande taluks had the police arresting up to nine fake doctors and registering cases against them.
During a raid on private nursing homes and hospitals in Chikkaballapur on Monday, the authorities caught several doctors appointed for government hospitals working at private hospitals and took strict action against the allegedly negligent doctors.
The citizens of Chikkaballapur express their opinion on the matter to Deccan Herald.
Serious action necessary
The quacks arrested have no educational qualifications. Nor had they any record or certificate permitting them to treat patients. The government should treat the matter
seriously and not hesitate to punish the guilty.
- V S Rajesh
The raid is welcome
The Indian Medical Association (IMA), District Health and Family Welfare Department and police finally woke up and took action against fake practitioners, which is a welcome development. The quacks, often found to prescribe any random drug regardless of the health issue, have only created further problems for patients. If anybody dies because of the errors committed by doctors without suitable qualifications, who should be held responsible?
People should become aware
The first party to wake up to the menace of the quacks should be the public. Whenever a relative falls ill, instead of taking the relative to a quack, people should approach a doctor in a government or private hospital. If treated by an expert
practitioner, an illness can be cured. But if we approach a quack, there can even be cases of loss of life. If a quack is discovered, the public should immediately inform the police, only then can the racket be dealt with properly.
-K L Narayanaswamy
Better to check the credibility
People residing in rural areas have become pray to quacks, more than people in cities. Most of the illiterate people believe them, without cross checking. They continue to consume the medicine given by these quacks. Though initially the side effects
cannot be seen, later they might have to face serious health problems. It is better to check the credibility of the doctor.
Action needed against quacks
Though many had lodged complaint against quacks with the District Health and Family Welfare Department officers, no action was taken. At least now the IMA members,
medical officers and police have together decided to tackle the issue and operations carried by them jointly is a welcome move.
Awareness programmes needed
IMA members and medical officers should also create awareness among people about racket of the quacks.
At one hand they should tackle the problem by taking strict action against quacks and on the other hand people should be made aware . Team members can give their numbers to the public, so they can inform when they come across any quack.
-K T Gopalakrishna
May 23rd, 2012, 10:15 AM
This lake leaves people high and dry
Devarayasamudra is among the big lakes in Mulbagal taluk.
This historical lake, spread across 502 acres, has now become completely dry. This lake is also know as ashtagrama kere (lake of eight villages). The lake covers the villages of Devarayanasamudra, Keeluholali, Mallappanahalli, Doddaganahalli and Tattanagunte.
It has been several years since the lake was filled to the brim. However two years ago due to the rains the lake was filled with water. However, it did not prove to be useful for agriculture.
Last week due to some rains the completely dry lake was able to merely absorb some moisture. Villagers say that about a decade ago even if there was a little rain, the lake used to get full due to the connecting canals from all sides.
However, in recent times the main canal and sub-canals connecting the lake have been encroached. Identifying these encroachments and clearing them has become a difficult task for the Revenue and Survey department. Influential farmers have encroached the main canals.
The same situation prevails in respect of other lakes in the taluk. During the last decade no major lake in the taluk has been full. This is due to the obstruction in the flow of water. The same problem prevails in respect of Devarayanasamudra lake, says former vice-president of Devarayanasamudra
grama panchayat Jamnahalli Krishna.
More than 3,000 families are dependent on water from Devarayanasamudra lake for agriculture. Over the last decade it is difficult to get even one crop in a year.
When the central team on drought visits this place, it rains. This might give them a wrong message on the drought situation.
There is a need to explain the situation to the officials, the villagers feel.
Devarayanasamudra village lies between Kolar and Mulbagal on the Old Madras Highway. It is the main village in Ashtagrama (eight villages). These eight villages were allotted by the King of Vijayanagara Empire, Krishnadevaraya and hence the name Devarayasamudra.
The Mysore government invited migrants from Tamil Nadu who were assigned to provide professional services for the government. They were mainly the Iyers from Tanjore who were pioneers in accounts, administration and also for their culinary expertise.
Ashtagram Iyers are known for their intelligence and scholastic aptitude. The village is also famous for its yearly 'Ankalamma Jatra',a series of festivities that includes a grand processional tour of the local god,housed in a large chariot built for this purpose.
The community has produced many talents well spread across the globe and are in top positions in professions like medicine, management, construction, IT and many more.
May 24th, 2012, 10:07 AM
PUC results: At 21st position, it’s a hat trick for Kolar
CB Pur dips to 20th position from 11th place
As the second PU results were out on Wednesday, it’s a hat-trick for the Kolar district in terms of the district’s position.
[QUOTE]For the third time, the district has attained the 21st position in the State and the results have dipped to 50.69 from the last year’s 52.38.
However, a few individuals’ results - who have secured above 95 - have indeed brought cheers amidst this poor position.
In 2010, the district had achieved 53.85 per cent in the PU results and it was 52.38 per cent in 2011.
This year’s performance has come down to 1.69 per cent from last year. This indicates failure of authorities concerned in making the district perform better.
In 2007-08, the district was in 17th position but the next year, it fared very badly and pushed to 22nd position.
The authorities concerned did not even make an attempt to find out reasons why the district could not improve its position. Thus, since 2010, the district has not been able to go beyond the 21st position.
Various workshops for lecturers were conducted to improve the district’s performance and the lecturers were confident of achieving 60 per cent.
But leave alone achieving the set target, the district’s performance has been just satisfactory since then, said a lecturer.
“The lecturers should have set a bigger target to achieve better results. Sixty per cent target is very less to improve,” he observed.
Unlike the SSLC results, authorities concerned of PU Department were not equipped to provide details of the district, when the results were out.
When mediapersons contacted the department, they just said “Right now, we don’t have any information. We will be able to give only tomorrow, once we receive it from the Central office.”
PU Department Deputy Director Doreswami had switched off his mobile when many reporters tried to sought his opinion on the district’s poor performance.
The district has shown a huge dip in the PUC results by attaining the 20th position as compared to the 11th place last year.
Last year, the pass percentage was 61 per cent whereas this year the result has gone down to 53 per cent, Deputy Director of Pre University Education (DDPUE) Janabai S Waghmare said.[QUOTE]
May 24th, 2012, 10:08 AM
Silk producers threaten to intensify protest
Will plead with prime minister to stop silk import
The Prime Minister will be approached with the demands of the sericulturists during the current convention, said members of the All India Anti Duty-free Silk Import Protest Committee, in a press release.
“The Union Finance Minister, in response to the all-party convention on May 2, which the Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda attended, said it is not possible to plan anything keeping only one state in consideration.
He said it was impossible to increase the duty on import of silk to what it was earlier.
Union Ministers M Veerappa Moily and K H Muniyappa, who kept from objecting to this statement, showed themselves to be poor representatives of citizens,” said committee leaders G C Bayya Reddy, T M Venkatesh, C L Nagaraj, Munisonnappa and C V Narayanaswamy.
The production rate of cocoons should be fixed scientifically. In accordance with the suggestions of the National Commission of Farmers, sericulturists should be compensated for the cost of production and also given a support price that is at least 50 per cent of the production cost. The temporary rate of cocoons should be fixed at Rs 350 per kg, to protect farmers in trouble.
The import duty on silk should be hiked to 31 per cent again, instead of the current duty rate.
The Central Government should also implement a sericulture project that helps both quantitative and qualitative development of silk production and industry, demand the committee members.
The State government should put in effort to save the silk industry and cultivation. The government should give up the disaster relief fund declared last year and provide and increase the promotion funds. Reelers should be given power subsidy.
Also, reelers belonging to SC/STs should be paid and additional Rs 40 per kg of silk. The government should also provide subsidy of Rs 50 per kg for silk produced by reelers belonging to all other communities using multi-end machines, added the members.
They also put in demands regarding financial provisions for sericulturists.
“The Central government has adopted anti-democratic policy, as it has turned a cold shoulder to the demands made by state governments, people’s unions, farmers, manual workers, reelers and several other organisations. Instead it has been satisfying the requirements of a handful of rich and powerful businessmen,” alleged the leaders.
“If the Central and State governments fail to fulfill the demands of sericulturists and reelers immediately, they can certainly expect an intense struggle in the near future,” the leaders warned.
May 24th, 2012, 10:09 AM
Rally demanding water staged
The members of the Undivided Kolar District Permanent Irrigation Agitation Committee took out an awareness rally on Wednesday demanding the implementation of the permanent irrigation schemes Paramashivaiah report in the drought-hit areas of the district.
The rally began in the Ambedkar Bhavan reached the Old Bus Stand premises through Muddenahalli and surrounding villages.
The awareness was taken out through singing patriotic songs and shouting out slogans.
The leader of the DYFI Association Srinivasa Reddy said, “ The underwater level has depleted due to drought and this may lead to severe water crisis which why appropriate steps should be taken to implement irrigation schemes in the district.”
CITU representative B N Munikrishnappa slammed Union Minister Veerappa Moily and alleged that he has misled the people and has prioritised the Ettinahole Project instead of implementation of the Parama-ishivaiah report.
The rally began a month ago and will conclude on June 22. The volunteers of the rally created awareness in villages with the assistance of the representatives of the gram panchayats.
May 24th, 2012, 10:15 AM
State to seek Centre’s help for Pinakini project
Tamil Nadu has opposed the plan
The State government decided to go ahead with the controversial project to utilise sewage water that flows in the erstwhile Dakshina Pinakini river on the outskirts of Bangalore for recharging ground water.
It has also sought the Centre’s assistance to implement it, despite strong opposition from Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.
The State Minor Irrigation (MI) department has drawn up a Rs 42-crore proposal to implement the project under the Centre’s Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme (AIBP).
The lift irrigation project envisages filling of 29 minor tanks in and around Chikkaballapur and Hoskote towns, by diverting sewage water from Sameatanahalli tank which is part of the Dakshina Pinakini valley (also called Varthur valley), official sources said.
South Pennar river
Dakshina Pinakini river is known as South Pennar river in the downstream of Tamil Nadu.
The river dried up about three decades ago, and mainly sewage water generated from Bangalore city now flows in its valley.
This water is unfit for any use in Karnataka. But it is used for agriculture purposes in Krishnagiri and surrounding areas in Tamil Nadu.
Karnataka wants to utilise the water to fill up its tanks near the parched Chikkaballapur and Hoskote towns and improve the ground water table.
Jayalalithaa had recently written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking his intervention to stop Karnataka’s plan.
She had alleged that Karnataka is taking up construction of check dams across South Pennar river and claimed that it would affect lakhs of people in Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri, Tiruvnnamlai, Villupuram and Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu.
Earlier, Member of Parliament from Krishnagiri E G Sugavanam had raised objections against the project in Parliament during the budget session in March this year.
According to official sources, the MI department has proposed the project to be implemented under the AIBP based on the guidance of Union Minister for Corporate Affairs M Veerappa Moily, who represents Chikkaballapur in Parliament.
If approved under AIBP, the Centre will bear 90 per cent of the project cost, while the State will share only 10 per cent.
The MI department wanted to implement it using its own resources as per the original plan.
Sources said the Union Minister has taken keen interest on implementing the project, which will improve ground water table in and around Chikkaballapur.
He recently held a meeting with the officials of both the State Minor Irrigation department and the Central Water Commission (CWC) in Bangalore and directed them to soon convene the high-level Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting to approve the project.
Technical Advisory Committee comprises officials of both State MI department and CWC.
Once TAC gives its approval, the project will be placed before the Centre seeking its assistance, official sources said.
This apart, Tamil Nadu in its reply to Sugavanam’s queries on the proposed project, the State MI is learnt to have clarified that it has no plans to construct any check dams.
It has also learnt to have said Dakshina Pinakini river no longer exists as it has dried up three decades ago.
May 24th, 2012, 10:48 AM
Sights and silence of a golden era
Awe-inspiring and melancholic: Green meadows and deserted colonial bungalows are interspersed with mounds of arsenic waste in Kolar Gold Fields
Travelling around the suburbs of KGF gives one a chance to fathom the town's dramatic rise and fall
Travelling to Kolar Gold Fields (KGF) is a journey to a bygone era of a colonial mining town. Mining shafts and reefs stick out discreetly, as if keeping guard over the rolling fields that surround it. In the midst of green meadows alongside neat trapezoidal mounds of arsenic waste piled up in pockets, one can spot British-style bungalows sitting cosily in their estates.
In 2001, mining was stopped in this town built around a gold rush. The sights and the lack of sounds make KGF seem like a ghost town. The days are quiet and the town seems deserted as the former workers of Bharat Gold Mine Ltd. (as the gold fields were renamed after being taken over by the Centre in 1972) travel to Bangalore as daily wage labourers.
There is the air of disuse and neglect. Crumbling provision stores, date stamped in the mid-1800s when they would have served a bustling town and British mine supervisors, are now being used by those who lost their jobs when the mines were closed.
Travelling around suburbs that still bear names reflecting their colonial past — think Robertsonpet and Andersonpet — is an opportunity to fathom the dramatic rise and the equally dramatic fall of this town.
Train to the past
The best way to travel to KGF is by train. The 95-km journey from Bangalore stretches to around three and a half hours. As the train inches towards KGF, the stations themselves are a historical treat, untouched by modernisation and standardisation undertaken by the Railways elsewhere.
BEML Nagar, adjacent to the BEML factory, is just a platform on one side and knee-high shrubs on the other. The train then snakes its way past mine shafts and defunct railway lines that once transported tonnes of gold ore, to Coromandel, Oorgaum and Champion Reef railway stations. The prettiest of all is the Maricuppam railway station. The platform, the lamps, the façade of the railway booking counter, all seem to have been untouched since their initial construction.
To reach KGF by road, head straight on Old Madras Road toward Hoskote, then Kolar.
The four-lane carriageway passes through fascinating hills covered with boulders.
From Kolar, take State Highway 5 towards Bangarapet, and then State Highway 95 towards KGF. Once in KGF, roads such as Smith Road and Kennedy Road meander along defunct mining shafts, criss-crossed railway tracks, overhead bridges of piped water, colonial structures serving as town halls, barracks, and other symbols of the erstwhile industrial town.
Unfortunately, the tourism potential of the place has barely been tapped. Good restaurants are few.
Mining shafts that could have provided a glimpse of life 10,000 feet under have not been revived for tourists, while bungalows ensconced within large estates remain closed instead of being converted into homestays. After all, staying in a bungalow of snaking corridors, 30-ft high ceilings, 3-ft wide walls, corrugated sloping roofs and a patio overlooking a three-acre front garden and stone driveway does have a calming rustic charm.
Alas, these joys remain out of reach but to those who have relatives or friends still hanging on to the area.
There are many small temples dotting the landscape. While some are steeped in mythology, others are of a newer, more idiosyncratic creation, like the Koti Lingeshwara temple, a collection of what is claimed to be 1 crore lingas. After the 50th linga, one starts losing interest.
A day at KGF is definitely not the blissful escape one feels at most other getaways from Bangalore. Instead, one leaves it with a mixture of awe at what was, a sadness of what is and hope of what could be.
May 25th, 2012, 09:32 AM
Scientific methods at Srinivaspur APMC keep touts away
The mango harvest has begun in the taluk. Farmers have started plucking some varieties of mangoes and bringing them to the APMC market. There are winds of change in the APMC market yard.
May 26th, 2012, 09:51 AM
Triumph Motorcycles to set up Rs 215-cr plant at Kolar
Triumph Motorcycles-India plans to set up a manufacturing unit near Bangalore at a cost of Rs 215 crore.
The company's proposal got approved by the Karnataka State High Level Clearance Committee (SHLCC). The committee has approved allotment of 30 acres of land at Narsapura Industrial Area in Kolar district.
Triumph Motorcycles is an iconic British motorcycle brand which has entered Indian market with distinctive motorcycles.
The company at the 11th Auto Expo in Delhi showcased model range for the Indian market which include the parallel-twin, Bonneville, the iconic naked roadsters Speed Triple and Street Triple, the off-roader Tiger 800XC, class-leading supersport bike Daytona 675, and cruisers Storm and Rocket III.
Assembly and manufacture
According to the Karnataka Industries Department officials, the company is expected to both assemble and manufacture few models to suit the Indian market.
The SHLCC meet chaired by Chief Minister, Mr D. V. Sadananda Gowda, which cleared the proposal, has offered incentives and concessions as applicable in the industrial policy of the State, and has instructed to give employment to family members of the land losers.
KIADB has been instructed to supply 1.92 lakh litres a day (LPD) water and BESCOM to service power requirement of 4000 kva.
The company also has been told adhere to provide local employment in the project according to the Dr Sarojini Mahishi report. http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/companies/article3452767.ece?ref=wl_opinion
May 26th, 2012, 09:54 AM
‘Taiwanese City' to come up near Bangalore
The next iPad could be built out of Karnataka. Taiwanese companies are planning to set up their electronics hardware manufacturing plants in the state.
Taiwanese companies and investors have approached the Chief Minister, Mr D.V. Sadananda Gowda, for setting up electronics hardware manufacturing units at Narsapura, Kolar and in and around Devanahalli.
“We have shown 1,400 acres in Narsapur in Kolar and about 700 acres in Devanahalli which we already have in our possession,” Mr Gowda told Business Line. “So far, about 15 companies have shown keen interest in investing in hardware units,” he added.
Also, there are plans to create a ‘Taiwanese City' that would be a 70:30 integrated township, where 30 per cent is being reserved for residential and creating other amenities for hardware companies. The balance will be offered to different electronics industries.
The move to set up electronics hardware manufacturing units, hardware industry watchers feel, would enable head honchos to stay in the country and supervise operations on a daily basis.
This is a part of the Indian government's ongoing push to bring hardware manufacturers to India after failing to secure investments in mid-2000.
“This, typically, would open up opportunities for start-up device manufacturers. “A start-up company cannot afford to order million of chipsets, with the costs associated with it and if there is a plant in India, it would work out better in terms of logistics and cost negotiations,” said Dr Praveen Vishakantaiah, President – Intel India.
Agreeing with this view, Mr Will Poole, co-chairman, NComputing, said, “India needs a manufacturing eco-system that would put in the global manufacturing map.”
Last year, the Union Government invited expressions of interest from technology providers and investors for setting up a semiconductor fabrication plant in the country to meet fast-growing demand in the electronics sector.
“India has seen a huge IT revolution due to setting up tech parks and it would give Indian manufacturers a big boost,” said Dr Adwaita Menon, Associate Director, of IDC.
A semiconductor fabrication plant is a factory where devices such as integrated circuits are manufactured. Demand for electronics hardware in India currently stands at about $45 billion and is expected to cross $400 billion by 2020.
Out of this, demand for semiconductors is expected to amount to nearly $50 billion, it said. In order to promote semiconductor manufacturing, the government has already allowed 100 per cent foreign direct investment under the automatic route. http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/info-tech/article3456455.ece?homepage=true&ref=wl_home
May 26th, 2012, 10:33 AM
Repair of road causes hurdles for drivers
Temporary facility provided by PWD creates more problems than convenience
The temporary road constructed near Kammasandra is proving more of a bane than a boon to the vehicle-users.
The PWD started reconstruction of the bridge near the school belonging to the Kammasandra temple 15 days ago. A temporary track, by the side of the road, was provided for the convenience of road users.
The track was covered in red soil, which has proven the greatest problem for the users. When there is no rain, the air turns dusty and even the
vehicles get a dirty red coat.
In contrast, if there is round of shower, the track becomes all slushy, making it practically impossible for vehicle-users- of any kind- to travel on it.
Heavy vehicles like buses and lorries too struggle to drive on the road. Users of smaller vehicles, especially two-wheelers, often fear the vehicles drowning in the river of mud. Pillion riders often fear for their lives, complain vehicle-users.
Riders struggling to pull out tyres that have sunk into the mud is common sight on the road.
The road connects the region to Andhra Pradesh as well as Tamil Nadu, which is a reason for the constant increase in the rush of traffic.
The citizens, therefore, have requested authorities to repair the road at the earliest.
May 26th, 2012, 10:35 AM
Cops cope with snakes, monkeys and a damp roof
Mulbagal police station covers 70 pc of the taluk, but lacks facilities
The police station in Mulbagal, which covers the entire town and 70 per cent of the taluk (187 villages), is in a dilapidated condition.
Though the government claims have spend crores of rupees on upgrading and strengthening police department, the ground realities present a stark contrast.
No funds have been sanctioned for the development of the station which lacks even basic amenities. The station lacks power supply, has no separate toilets and no place to park vehicles.
Further, the policemen are troubled by snakes and monkeys which invade the premises often. Though a new building has been sanctioned, the authorities concerned have not bothered to take any step.
The police station functions almost 24 hours in the town which has population of 60,000.
It was inaugurated in 1985 by the then Home Minister B Rachaiah. Mulbagal town has all most equal population of Hindus and Muslims and was identified as communally sensitive region since pre-independence.
A communally riot in any part of the State has a direct bearing on the town.
Policemen are often found guarding the streets of Mulbagal on such occasions. It is indeed a matter of concern that the police station lacks infrastructure.
The NH-4, which connects Mumbai with Chennai and covers three states, passes through the district and on the outskirts of the town. The road is frequently used by the VIPs, visiting Tirupati and Chennai.
There is also an increase in the number of road accidents as the same stretch is used by thousands of pilgrims visiting Kurudumale, Narasimhateertha, Anjaneya and Somalingeshwara Swamy Temples in the taluk.
The places like Palamneru, V Kota, Punganur and Ramasandra in Andhra Pradesh, are identified as Naxal infected and borders Mulbagal taluk. Hence, the police have an uphill task of protecting the region from Naxalites.
The station is understaffed and faces problem while maintaining law and order during political and other clashes.
Currently, two PSIs, three ASIs, 15 HCs, two WHCs, 40 PCs, five WPCs are working at the station. Some are here on deputation.
As many as 6,000 to 7,000 cases are referred to the station every year by the courts. Though the cases need to be disposed off at the earliest, the lack of personnel has hindered the work.
May 28th, 2012, 03:13 PM
Stormwater drain in Kolar carries sewage, garbage
TP members ignore the stink from the canal right outside their office
The stormwater drain (rajakaluve) is situated right in front of the office of the taluk administration. Yet this, in no way, means it gets even necessary - let alone special - maintenance.
The area surrounding the drain and opposite the Taluk Panchayat office was cleaned during the tenure of former Deputy Commissioner Manoj Kumar Meena. This has ensured there is some clean space in the stormwater drain for water to collect.
Also, the Kolaramma tank is just a short distance from the drain, which was the main carrier for rainwater from Antaragange till the tank for several years.The present condition of the drain, however, has denied rainwater any chance of flowing freely into the tank for quite some time now. In fact, although the recent shower meant the drain was not dry, the rainwater could not reach the tank and remains stagnant in the drain.
The underground drainage chamber stands as a black mark in the area. The stormwater drain has also been encroached upon in some places.
The authorities have again taken up the matter of developing the water bodies in the district, including the water tanks and temple tanks. Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda, who visited the district recently too had ordered the officers concerned to take up the work seriously. The Zilla Panchayat has started drawing up the blue print for the development of temple tanks all over the district.In the midst of all such activities, however, stands the stormwater drain, uncared for and even forced to carry sewage.
Most of the drain is covered in silt and garbage, including dirt and plastic waste. It can be found clean only in front of and near the Taluk Panchayat, nowhere before or beyond.
The drain looks like a vast garbage dumpyard next to the main road at Palasandra Layout.
Ironically, a bridge on the drain is under construction for several months at Tipu Road.
The heavy rain recently slowed down the constant work. Worse, a lot of rainwater collected in the area and even entered the residence in the PWD quarters. Many citizens felt if the bridge had been completed, the calamity could have been avoided as the water would have flowed down to the Kolaramma tank.
The situation symbolised the condition the residents of the Shahenshah Nagar, near the stormwater drain, are in, whenever it rains. The citizens are in constant fear of not just rainwater, but sewage along with it rushing into their homes. There is, after all, no chance of the rainwater flowing down the stormwater drain easily.
The citizens are desperate to ensure the preservation and proper management of the drain, which supplies rainwater from the hills surrounding the City to the water tanks. But their major worry is if there are any listeners at all.
May 28th, 2012, 03:20 PM
Ettinahole to get going by July end: CM
Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda on Sunday said the proposed Ettinahole project, which envisages providing drinking water supply to the parched districts of Bangalore rural, Chikkaballapur, Kolar and Tumkur, will be launched by July end.
May 28th, 2012, 03:25 PM
Ettinahole to get going by July end: CM
Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda on Sunday said the proposed Ettinahole project, which envisages providing drinking water supply to the parched districts of Bangalore rural, Chikkaballapur, Kolar and Tumkur, will be launched by July end.
One of the best projects by BJP government
May 29th, 2012, 12:06 PM
‘Youth policy for Kolar district should be ready in a week’
DC tells officers to respond to dissatisfaction of youngsters
Projects in the district related to the youth policy of the State government should be readied in a week, said Deputy Commissioner Dr D S Vishwanath.
May 30th, 2012, 03:44 PM
Mango purchase centre at Srinivaspur close to reality
Marketing, grievance redress cells set up at Kolar APMC
The Horticultural Producer’s Co-operative Marketing and Processing Society Limited (Hopcoms) will be permitted to set up a mango purchase centre at Srinivaspur.
Speaking at a meeting of the mango growers and traders here on Tuesday, C Somashekhar, Director, Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC), said a sum of Rs five lakh would be released to set up the proposed purchase centre at the APMC yard in Srinivaspur. The meeting was convened in view of a direction by the High Court of Karnataka to provide suitable market facilities for the mango growers. Srinivaspur taluk is the largest producer of mangoes in the State.
Somashekhar said one more purchase centre would be set up in the town, if required.
Steps have been taken to set up a marketing cell in the APMC yard by deputing an additional director and a joint director. Both the officers will be present on all the days of trading to assist farmers. In addition, grievance redress cells have been established at three locations. The services of market assistants from eight districts have been requisitioned for the purpose, Somashekhar said.
Several guidelines have been issued for the marketing of mangoes. Public auction of the produce has been made compulsory. The traders must issue a receipt and conventional white slips (generally used in markets) have been strictly prohibited. Directions have been issued to register criminal cases against traders who have not installed electronic weighing scales. In addition, about 15 weighing bridges will be set up in the market yard. A shelter will be constructed to provide a resting place for mango growers.
Somashekhar disclosed that a private marketplace has come up at Byatarayanapura near Bangalore and 10 stalls will be provided there for the mango growers from Kolar district. He said setting up of a irradiation unit (which facilitates preservation of horticulture produce) is also under consideration.
P Hemalatha, Director, Horticulture Department, said talks are on with the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike to allow farmers set up mango marketing stalls in the Palike limits, on a temporary basis.
She said the avenues for exporting the fruit are also being explored and it is feasible to establish micro units which produce and sell mango slices. Crates will be supplied to the markets if the Mango Growers’ Association submits a formal proposal. The authorities at all the districts have been asked to organise mango melas, Hemalatha added.
M Srinivasan, APMC president, told the meeting that the traders collected 10 percent commission from him last year. “I have 40 acres of mango plantation. While selling the produce last year, the traders demanded commission and I promptly paid thinking that it’s a rule. Now I know there is no need to pay any commission.”
Mohammed Amanulla, president of Mango Traders Association blamed the practise followed by growers for the loss of the produce. He said the growers, instead waiting till the fruits ripen, just pluck away unripened ones, transport and dump them overnight at the market. “Over 100 tractor loads of mango perished in a span of one week, last year, on account of this practice. Is it possible to buy such mangoes for a good price,” he questioned. He also disclosed that the mango trading began 10 days ago and by this time as much as 50 tractor loads of the produce have gone waste.
Amanulla alleged said the traders were being blamed unnecessarily and sought to know why not a single grower had lodged a complaint against any trader till this day.
May 30th, 2012, 04:10 PM
Mango unit opened near BIAL
KOLAR: A private mango selling unit has been started near the Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) for the benefit of mango growers, said State Agriculture Market director C Somashekar.
Chairing a meeting of the Mango Growers Association members and the mandi agents held at the Deputy Commissioner office here on Tuesday, he said the government was committed to protect the interest of the mango growers.
A grievances unit would be set up at the Srinivasapur APMC, where an additional director, assistance and officials of the Agriculture Department would be deployed.
A shed would be set up where the farmers can stay overnight for marketing purposes, he said.
A sum of Rs 5 lakh had been released for development and Rs 85 lakh for asphalting of roads in the APMC yard, he said.
June 4th, 2012, 02:13 PM
Unusual rescuers in times of drought in CB Pur
With fields dry, farmers use tillers and bullocks to supply water
The drought and the lack of employment opportunities in the district have brought out unique, innovative characters in some of the residents to light.
The problems have seriously affected the residents as most of them depend on agriculture for livelihood. Yet, in the midst of hundreds of migrants from the district to the cities in search of jobs are people who preferred to stay back and employ themselves in little, useful jobs other than agriculture.
Realising the water problem in the City, some have taken up the work of supplying water using tillers. Most of such suppliers, who provide water to hotels and shops, have become daily wage earners. Others, who cannot afford tillers, supply water on bullock-carts, and well in time.
The suppliers come handy whenever a hotel has sudden shortage of water or hosts a function or meeting. Owners of the hotels and organisers of programmes call the suppliers, who immediately come to the site indicated with their tanks and pipes. If necessary, the suppliers get water from borewells.
Jayaram, a water supplier, spoke to Deccan Herald on his experiences. “I have been supplying water on a bullock-cart for several years now. The City is facing severe water crisis and everyday there is a call from some hotel, shop or even layout, requesting supply. I rush to a borewell with about three drums and carry the water on my bullock-cart to the specified place in barely a few minutes,” he explained.
“Suppliers who use tillers earn a little more than we do. We supply at the rate of Rs 20 a drum. The rate, however, varies according to the demand,” said Jayaram.
The suppliers still have one problem at hand: fall in level of underground water and increased content of fluoride in the water.
“What will we do if the underground water dries up completely is a major question we face,” he said. “How are we to manage either the tillers or the bullocks?”
Raju, another water supplier, agreed. “At present, we continue to dig into the borewells to draw as much water as we need. The borewells did not dry up even though the underground water level dipped as low as 1,500 feet. But news of the water level falling lower is scary,” he said. “Earning a livelihood and managing our families seems a difficult task as days go by.”
June 4th, 2012, 02:16 PM
Girls in Kolar learn a beautiful way to self-employment
As many 16 homemakers and 14 girls from the villages of Marjenahalli, Rojenahalli, Kithandur, Nellur and Kilukore and Gandhi Nagar from Kolar city are all set to walk in the path of self-dependence.
They have been trained to be beauticians at the Human Resources Development Centre, the new avatar of the erstwhile Employment Exchange. They not only organise job fairs and register names for unemployed, but also in collaboration with private institutions organise free training programmes in different vocations for women.
As a result homemakers and youth have now learnt to be self-dependent.
The Human Resources Development Centre jointly with LabourNet Service India organised a two-month beautician’s course. LabourNet Service India is a unit of an NGO which seeks to provide easy and institutionalized access to jobs, and enhance incomes of workers.
LabourNet is a social enterprise that creates sustainable benefits for workers in the informal sector by offering them a platform to access services. LabourNet focuses on improving workers lives through strategies such as enabling workers build an identity; omproving productivity through a process of continuous assessment and skill training; facilitating work linkages through Udyoga Jeevana Melas.
Beautician Triveni imparted training to the women. Women who came for the workshop expressed their happiness tht they learnt many things which they did not know.
“Training to be a beauticians does not mean learning to present one self. It encompassed various aspects like preparing herbal oil, artificial jewellery-making, nail polish, hair grooming, manicure and pedicure, head massage, wedding make-up and other aspect of the beauty culture. The training included both theory and practical” says Triveni, who has been imparting training in this subject for the last 15 years.
“The training was conducted in the premises of Women’s ITI from 9 am to 1 pm and 1 pm to 5 pm in two batches with about 15 persons in each batch. The trainees has to follow certain rules such as no use of mobiles as a attemt to bring in a professional approach”, said District Employment Officer K Srinivas.
Usha, a trainee says that they had to spend a lot of money on beauty parlours, but now they have learnt the beauty secrets by practice. “We now know what is make-up, face pack and herbal hair oil”, she adds.
“A new batch will commence soon”, says training co-ordinator Papi Reddy.
June 7th, 2012, 08:52 AM
Badve Engg to set up 2 plants to make auto spares
BANGALORE, JUNE 6:
Auto parts maker Badve Engineering Ltd will set up two plants in Karnataka to supply components for Honda and Tata Motors.
In Kolar, the company is close to completing its plant that will manufacture parts like mufflers for Honda Motors. Similarly in Dharwad, the company will set up a plant l to cater to Tata Motors.
i feel Hubli-Dharwad and Kolar can be kept aside for auto sector.Hubli's location on NH4 works to its advantage.Kolar ofcourse proximity to Bangalore and Chennai.
let Mangalore be for untapped tourism sector,textiles,heavy/precision engg
June 11th, 2012, 11:14 AM
A whiff of wild jasmine in Srinivaspur
A wild jasmine creeper which clings to a banyan tree along the road in Nilatur village of Srinivaspur taluk draws the attention of passers-by.
Jasmine is a popular flower especially among women and is found in many varieties such as Jaji Mallige, Sooji Mallige and Dundu Mallige. Mysore Mallige was made famous by the poet K S Narasimhaswamy in his poetry volume of the same name.
However, wild jasmine is now becoming a rarity as forest cover is declining. Wild Jasmine is a small climbing shrub. The Stem is smooth with oppositely arranged, simple leaves are very variable even on the same plant. Leaves are elliptic-ovate.
The smooth leaves are acute, base obtuse or almost rounded. One inch across white, star-like flowers are exquisitely fragrant.
The flowers are either solitary or more usually in threes. Petals are seven of eight in number, but can be more in number. Petals are linear, obtuse, very acute.
The flowers generally bloom during June to August.
June 11th, 2012, 11:16 AM
Districts witness peaceful council polls
Kolar recorded 86.88 per cent voting whereas turn out was 89.61 per cent in Chikkaballapur, in the Council polls for the south east teachers’ constituency.
In Kolar, most of the teachers turned out to vote whereas some were seen wooing the electorate at the last minute in support of a particular candidate. No untoward incidents were reported.
As per the per cent of voting, Srinivaspur stood first with 93.48 per cent followed with Mulbagal with 92.39 per cent of voting. But voter turn out was comparatively less in Kolar, which has the highest number of voters.
In Kolar out of total 4,100 voters, 2159 men and 1403 women cast their votes.
Sitting Council member Y A Narayanaswamy (BJP), R Chowdareddy (JD(S)), K B Ramalingappa (Congress) and independents, Chowdareddy of Chikkaballapur, S R Chowdareddy, K C Puttasiddashetty, P R Basavaraj from Tumkur, R Rajanna from Chitradurga and B E Sowbhagya from Bangalore contested in the Council polls.
Two booths were set up for the elections in Kolar. But as there was a long queue of voters in the morning, some of them left the place without voting.
Following which, some of the party workers requested the Tahsildar Muniveerappa to set up an additional booth.
The tahsildar immediately directed the setting up and additional booth and an additional official was deployed as a precautionary measure.
“Electoral process was closely watched by the officers of the district and taluk administration and they had taken necessary measures to prevent untoward incidents,” said Dr N Manjula, deputy Commissioner of Chikkaballapur.
Many voters alleged that the supporters were trying to distribute them with ‘electoral goodies’ just before the elections, in Kolar and Chikkaballapur. There were petty incidents of party supporters arguing with each other.
Tight police security was deployed in Kolar and Chikkaballapur to prevent any untoward incident.
Police personnel were seen checking the identity cards of the voters, before they were sent inside the booths.
June 12th, 2012, 10:17 AM
New train to Bangalore fails to cheer passengers in Kolar
Toilet doors in the lone train locked because of lack of water
Happinesss of passengers over new train to Bangalore could not last long, as the lone train has all its toilet doors locked.
The passengers, who commute to Bangalore, 70 km from the district centre, were happy that the old train was replaced with new colourful train which departs at 7.15 am and arrives at 8.30 pm.
Apart from the local train, the passengers have to depend on the rail bus that links Kolar-Bangarpet.
The passengers have been inconvenienced by the “lack of sensitivity” on the part of railway officials who have locked the toilet doors in the train, alleged Rukmangada, president of the railway commuters’ association.
The railway station, which is being upgraded at a cost of Rs 1.5 crore for the past two years, has not yet provided the passengers with any facility. The passengers who board the train at 7.15 am here, have to alight at Contonment Station in Bangalore and scurry for auxiliary services such as auto rickshaws or city bus services to reach their workplace. They are angry that the officials have deprived them of toilets by locking its doors.
When asked, the officials said there is no water to fill the tankers in the railway station, due to which the toilets could not be opened for public use.
But, the passengers are not convinced by the answer. They argued that the officials could have arranged for filling the tankers at Contonment railway station in Bangalore or at Bangarpet station.
“The only train to Bangalore is not passenger-friendly and it’s a shame that the voters in the home constituency of the Union Minister of State Railways, K H Muniyappa, has to suffer,” said Rukmangada.
They are more worried over the rumours that the railways may divert the lone train service to the Kuppam line.
The railway station in the city, however, has become a recreation centre for the residents with its green canopy and tranquility as there are other trains on this rail route between 7.15 am and 8.30 pm.
June 12th, 2012, 10:22 AM
HDK accuses govt of neglecting CB’pur
Karnataka ex-chief minister and JD(S) state-level president, H D Kumaraswamy, accused elected representatives of neglecting the development of Chikkaballapur district.
Speaking at a JD(S) convention and condolence meeting for legislator Munishamappa on Monday, Kumaraswamy said that the development of the district had been disregarded because of a lack of interest and a laid-back attitude by legislators.
“Chikkaballapur district was formed during my tenure and it is disappointing that the town saw no development after that,” he said.
The district also suffers from water shortage, which according to Kumaraswamy, has not been properly tackled by the BJP government. In particular, he blamed Union Minister Veerappa Moily, of not implementing any ventures, especially the Ettinahole Water Project, despite assurances that he would.
Kumaraswamy claimed that if the JD(S) was elected into power, they would also solve the crisis by implementing the Netravathi irrigation project, following discussions with Dharmasthala Veerendra Hegde.
Local silk growers in the district have also suffered because import duties had been slashed for Chinese silk, he observed.
Kumaraswamy said that the silk growers have been treated unfairly and critized the Central Government for not providing farmers with financial assistance despite the sharp rise in fertilizer prices.
A few Congress Party Members joined JD(S) during the convention.
Former member of Zilla Panchayat, Srinivasachar; CMC member Sameevulla, Amravathy Bairareddy, Hanumanthapura Vijaya Kumara, former president of Abludu Gram Panchayat Kanakaprasada, Teneyur Munishamappa; Minority representative Rehmathulla; former vice president of State Silk Federation G Rehman Yousuf; former CMC member S Seenappa, Shettyhalli Sriramappa, S V Murthy, Vanitha, Salim Pasha, Narasimha Gowda, Baira Reddy, Gousapeera, Shankarappa, Narasimha Reddy, Kotihalli Anand Kumar, Muneer Pasha, Ekbala Ahmedm Hemarlahalli Muniappa, M D Moulam Sonnenahalli Chandrappa, Mushtaq and R M S Imitiaz.
DH News Service
June 12th, 2012, 10:23 AM
Migrants’ streetsmart means of livelihood
Migrants from the border districts such as Anantapur come to Chikkaballpur in search of odd jobs to earn their livelihood.
Some of the illiterate migrants sell dolls, soft toys, helmets and trinkets to make a living. These migrants do not restrict themselves to Chikkaballapur town and taluk but also go to various other taluks. The migrants come from places including Anantapur, Penukonda, Hindupur and Hyderabad on Andhra Pradesh. They converse in Telugu and attempt to learn Kannada.
They rent out either a room or a house in urban of rural area and live with their families. Their is a day-to-day hand-to-mouth existence. Some migrants, who are economically better off also run restaurants. While some run ‘military hotel’ (restaurants which serve non-vegetarian meals), others run restaurants service North and South Indian snacks.
Since these migrants are from the Andhra Pradesh-Karnataka border with similar topography and climate, they have adjusted themselves to their new environment. A family from Hyderabad sell soft toys and helmets on B B Road in Chikkaballapur.
In the evening they go back to their homes taking their merchandise in a vehicle. This routine continues day after day. If the business is good they continue their trade or otherwise go to the next town.
“We couldn’t earn enough in Hyderabad and we found no work. We therefore came here. We live in a rented house in a nearby village. We sell soft toy animals like tiger, lion, dog and bear besides sun glasses, helmet, carrom board and tables.
We manage even though we sometimes find difficulties”, says Padma. “When the sales are low, we go to another town. We go from place to place in search of livelihood. It is a little difficult for the children. However, it is inevitable for us to keep on moving. This makes it difficult to educate them.”, she adds.
June 13th, 2012, 10:16 AM
Glut of students at govt colleges in Kolar
Institutions in the district struggle to cope with rush for degree admissions
The heavy rush for admissions to the government degree colleges in the City has posed a new challenge for the college authorities.
Accommodating all the students has become a Herculean task for otherwise poorly-equipped colleges.
According to a government order, no student should be denied admission to state-run colleges. High donation and exorbitant tuition fee at private colleges have made parents to turn to government colleges. Students can get admission to state-run colleges by paying fees only.
The admission process for the government first grade college has already begun. The colleges will reopen from June 15. There has been an overwhelming demand for admission to BSc and BCom.
However, there had been no change in the number of students seeking admission to Bachelor of Arts. More students have evinced interest to pursue studies in basic science by joining BSc or seek a career in the corporate world by pursuing a degree in commerce.
The trend is found more at the Government Women’s First Grade College and Government Boys’ First Grade College.
“We have only 100 seats for Bcom, but admitted 350 girls last year. The demand has gone up this year. Over 500 girls have already sought admission. Conducting classes with such a huge strength has become a challenge,” said S Ramegowda, the principal of Government Women’s First Grade College.
He said all students who had submitted applications were given admission last year and doing so this year will result in seating students on the floor.
Ramegowda said there had also been a rise in the number of students seeking admission for BSc, particularly for the Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics combination.
As many as 150 girls were given admission last year. There is also no decrease in the number of students joining BA. The college had 2,700 students last year and the number may cross 3,000 this year, the principal said.
The situation is no different in the Government Boys’ College. There were 100 students in the Commerce and Management Department two years ago while 200 were given admission last year. This year the number is expected to go to 300, said Dr S Muralidhar, Head of the Department.
The demand for science and commerce education has gone up at hobli centres too. Industry-relevant curriculum in BCom and BBM courses has led to the popularity, he said.
S Padma, Head of the Department, Botany, said there had been an increase in the number of students in the science stream also, compared to last four years.
She said attempts should be made to create interest in basic science at the pre-university level itself.
June 13th, 2012, 10:18 AM
Mango traders withdraw strike, business as usual in Srinivaspur
Undeclared strike on Monday had left farmers in the lurch
An undeclared strike by the mango traders and middlemen stalled business at the APMC in Srinivaspur on Monday, leaving farmers and workers in the lurch.
Following the strike, APMC president M Srinivas had called a meeting of the traders and had made it clear that according to rules they have to serve a notice, about holding a strike, a week in advance. He also promised to call a meeting of traders and farmers to clear differences.
On Monday, mango growers had a clue about the strike. But daily-wage workers and farmers who had come from distant areas who were unaware of this, waited the whole day outside the APMC, but had to return empty-handed. Even trucks from neighbouring states were left clueless.
After the meeting, traders withdrew the strike and business was as usual on Tuesday. Mango traders and middlemen had not given a formal notice of the strike nor had stated any reason behind it.
But the sources say that High Court order to check the menace of middlemen had irked them as they could not demand 10 per cent commission from the farmers and were forced to pay the farmers on time.
After the HC order, the mango traders were complaining of APMC officials threatening to cancel their licence for trivial issues and making false allegations against them.
Farmers were in a shock at the recent auction of the mangoes, which was conducted according to the market rules, as raw mangoes a tonne were auctioned for just Rs 3,000 which earlier used to be sold at Rs 7,000 and another variety of mangoes was auctioned for Rs 10,000 instead of Rs 18,000. Disheartened farmers demanded that the auction be conducted like earlier.
But one of the traders blamed it on the farmers, and said farmers were not ready to get mangoes to the APMC.
Till recently, mango market owners and traders here used to bully farmers if they complained of irregularities in trade. But, a farmer lodged a complaint, with the Market Committee, against the market owners for conducting chit business.
After reviewing the complaint, licence of a owner was cancelled by the committee.
This action instigated other farmers to lodge complaint and the committee had come forward to take action against the traders.
This is the reason behind traders calling an undeclared strike, say farmers.
“Legal action will be taken against persons not following the rules and legal procedure. The traders are not holding any strike and the business will continue,” said M Krishnan, APMC Secretary, speaking to Deccan Herald.
June 13th, 2012, 10:19 AM
Residents lock up PDO in Mulbagal
Residents of Kavathanahalli village locked up PDO’s at a temple in the village, for not solving a drinking water crisis.
Gram Panchayat Development Officer and bill collector of Sonnavadi GP were locked up in the temple.
Residents alleged that the officers had not taken any action to supply water to the village, which is facing acute water scarcity from two months.
PDO was released after Venkataswamy, Taluk Panchayat Executive visited the place and promised to solve the problem soon.
Residents Muniswamygowda, Narayanagowda, Naray- anappa, K M Munivenkatappa, Somu, K S Ravi Kumar and others were present.
June 13th, 2012, 10:21 AM
A quaint little railway station of the British era
To get a glimpse of the past, of the pre-independence era, the Nandi railway station serves the purpose.
One can admire the architecture of the station building and the well dug there. The railway station was built during the British regime in 1915 and is nearing a century. The year 2015 marks its centenary year.
However, it is unfortunate that an interesting relic of the past is in a dilapidated condition. Although no efforts have been made to renovate it. It is still in use.
The train which goes from Chikkaballapur to Dharmapuri via Bangalore, morning and evening, stops for two minutes at this station.
Many people from the surrounding villages including Nandi, Kuppahalli and Deveshettihalli board the train at Nandi railway station to go to Chikkaballpur or Bangalore. It is particularly crowded during the Nandi festival.
The surroundings of the railway station is scenic with a huge banyan and other trees and benches to take rest.
The train service between Bangalore Mysore started in three phases. From February 1, 1877 to February 21, 1882 the train service commenced between Bangalore and Mysore. It came under the Mysore state in 1911-1912.
The narrow gage train service was extended from
Bangalore to Chikkaballapur (51.71 kms) and Kolar (102.30 kms).
There were railway quarters here for the staff, who use the well water sunk here.
However, the quarters are now dilapidated. Tickets are issued at the railway station even today.
People who come to Nandi Hills also visit this railway
June 14th, 2012, 12:07 PM
KSRTC to set up school for drivers in Malur
Aims at providing job opportunities to rural youth
The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) has planned to set up institutes at a cost of Rs 8 crore to impart training for drivers in Malur, Malavalli and Chikmagalur, said Manjunath Prasad, Managing Director of the KSRTC.
Inspecting the land identified for the institute near KSRTC depot at Hanumanthnagar on Tuesday, he said 5,000 drivers will be trained in the institute every year. “The corporation has submitted a proposal to the government seeking setting up of the institute for drivers’ training as part of its initiative to curb accidents due to drivers’ inefficiency.”
It is also a joint venture of the corporation, the Social Welfare Department and Directorate of Employment and Training, aimed at providing employment to youths in rural areas. Priority will be given to the members of the backward classes and castes. The respective departments will bear the cost of training of the youths and accommodation will be given free of cost during the one-month training.
Rs three crore has been allocated for the automotive training and Rs five crore for the driving and tender will be invited in the coming weeks, he said. Work will be completed in 10 months on the institute, which he claimed, is the first of its kind initiative in the country.
On the bus stand and other basic facilities for Malur, Prasad said, if the town municipal council allocated land for the project, Rs two crore will be sanctioned for the facilities.
The issue will be discussed with the local legislator, he said directing the officials to identify land in three areas and prepare a blueprint. “Besides, city bus service will soon be launched in Kolar and Rs 2-crore work on the bus station in Mulbagal will commence soon.”
June 14th, 2012, 12:09 PM
Service lane beside railway line demanded
Residents of Nayanahalli have demanded the construction of a service lane next to the railway line in the village.
Speaking to Anand, engineer of the South-west Railway, and Channarayappa, the assistant engineer, the B N Munikrishnappa, leader of the Karnataka Prantha Raitha Sangha, explained, “A new railway track has been laid connecting Chikkaballapur and Shidlaghatta.
Most people, however, have their fields on the other side of the track, which denies them easy access to their land. They are unable to drive their tractors, other vehicles or bullock carts to the other side.”
He added that the construction of a service lane adjacent to the new railway track would convenience the farmers greatly.
In response, Anand said the Railway Department has decided to construct an underpass below the new track. “But since the construction will take a long time, a service lane will be provided as demanded by the residents of Nayanahalli.”
Leaders of the village, R Anjaneya Reddy, S Naveen Kumar and N M Lakshminarayana, APMC secretary Venkatesh and others were present on the occasion.
June 14th, 2012, 12:11 PM
Power woes aggravate in Bagepalli
Bescom makes no move to alleviate problem in taluk
The residents all over the taluk have to battle with drinking water crisis, mosquito menace and soaring summer due to the irregular power supply.
The officials of Bescom have not taken any initiative to solve the problem.
The production of a few small scale industries, flour mills, garment factories and timber industries is hit due to the unpredictable power supply.
The livelihood of hundreds of daily wage earners is also at stake. The children and residents have sleepless nights literally due to severe power crisis. The students here have a tough time preparing for their exams.
The biggest victims of the situation are the farmers who get no yield on the crops due to lack of water. They are unable to repay the loans due to low profits.
Shivappa, a farmer, said that the it is not possible to get water from borewells and urged government to take steps immediately.
The power problem has aggravated the illness among the patients at the government and private hospitals because of mosquito menace.
Commerce industry is also affected as the shopkeepers have to close shutters by evening.
Struggle for water
Women in rural areas have to stand in long queues in front of the borewells to fetch water. A few of them often end up quarrelling in the tussle to get water.
The streetlights in few of the prime lanes of the taluk remain dysfunctional.
The dark streets pose a threat of attack from thieves and snakes which is why the residents have to take extra safety measures.
The government had announced that rural areas will be provided with regular power supply, but it is supplied only for six hours in rural areas.
K M Nagaraj, principal, said that the government should focus on power supply to benefit the residents.
He added that Bescom should release a schedule of power supply to assist public
June 16th, 2012, 10:16 AM
A forlorn village near Bangarpet
Kerekodi village plagued by clogged drains and dengue
Poor sanitation has been taking a toll on the health of the residents of Kerekodi village located on the outskirts of the town.
The village in the 23rd ward of the town has a population of about 650. However, the locality is devoid of drainage or any other basic amenities. Foul smell engulfs the entire colony as the drains are clogged.
No attempts have been made by any civic authority concerned to clean the clogged drains. As a result, drains overflowing right in front of the houses is a common scene in the village.
One such drainage is located close to a anganwadi centre and the children there are compelled to attend classes breathing the foul air.
Open garbage disposal yards too have added to the unhygienic condition in the village. The garbage yards have turned breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
Two children have succumbed to dengue in a span of two weeks in the village. On the day of the death, the officials from the Town Municipality and Health Department visited the village and conducted fogging.
But no permanent measures were initiated to address the problem. The residents allege that Manjula, who represents the village in the Municipality had not done enough to improve the sanitation in the village.
The village has two overhead tanks which supply drinking water. According to local people, the tanks have not been cleaned for the last two years.
Uncleared garbage bins are a common scene in the village. Some families have taken to piggery worsening the sanitation.
Residents allege that the Municipality had not taken any steps to provide basic amenities to the village.
June 17th, 2012, 10:40 AM
Roller hockey tourney brings players to CB Pur
First in State
The Skating Park near Prashanth Nagar in the City was all noise on Saturday- cheering, applause, shouts of encouragement, call for shots and even preventing scoring.
The first ever Roller Hockey Premier League Tournament in Karnataka was organised at the Park and the people gathered watched in awe as the young players on skates move around with ease and enthusiasm.
Roller hockey is a form of hockey played on a dry surface using skates with wheels. The term “Roller Hockey” is often used interchangeably to refer to two variant forms chiefly differentiated by the type of skates and sticks used.
There is traditional “Roller hockey”, played with quad roller skates, and “Inline Hockey”, played with inline skates. There are different rules and equipment for both the types. Combined, roller hockey is played in nearly 60 countries worldwide.
Roller hockey was a demonstration rollersport in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. The Indian Roller Hockey Championship is the biggest States Championship.
Teams arrived from districts including Belgaum, Tumkur, Bangalore and Kodagu to compete in the games on Saturday and Sunday. The tournament includes games for boys and girls at junior, sub-junior and senior levels.
A round of roller skating was organised for players who came for the first round. Harshit Chandra won the round for boys, followed by Madani and Om Deshmudre. In the girls’ round, A S Akshatha was first, M S Varshini second and Devija Chandra was third.
“Each team has five players, including the goalie. More than a 100 players have come to Chikkaballapur City to participate in the tournament. A rolling trophy will be awarded to the winning team,” said M D Jabiullah, secretary of the Chikkaballapur Roller Skating Association, in conversation with Deccan Herald.
“A new skating rink was provided for the City recently, but it needs to be developed further,” he added.
P K Bharat Kumar, secretary of the Karnataka State Roller Skating Association, A B Manjunath, City Municipal Council member, Mohammad Ibrahim, president of the District Roller Skating Association, and others were present on the occasion.
June 17th, 2012, 10:47 AM
Experts advise Kolar farmers to go organic in drought conditions
Agriculture work can be carried out with just rainwater, and using only organic techniques.
This is the verdict of M Vijendra, professor at the Sericulture Department of the Centre for Agriculture Science in Chintamani. As an example, he pointed out the success of N R Chandrashekhar, the award-winning farmer from Nenamanahalli.
Accompanied by other farmers and agriculture experts, Vijendra visited Chandrashekhar’s farm recently and praised the methods found there.
“Chandrashekhar has undertaken model farming on a mere 30 guntas of land, using organic, rain-dependent and mixed farming techniques. He grows papaya, mango, drumstick and tur and even rears silkworms, which is a rare combination. Also, maintaining the fertility of soil, without using any chemicals has been an achievement,” said the
“Many farmers have given up on agricultural activities complaining of a lack of rain and a shortage of water supply. The success of Chandrashekhar should prove an inspiration to such farmers,” Vijendra added.
Experts from the Centre K V Anantaraman and Dr S Chandrashekhar as well as retired deputy director
of the Sericulture Department C Narayanaswamy commended Chandrashekhar.
In all, about 40 farmers from the district spoke to Chandrashekhar about the techniques used.
Chandrashekhar took the visitors on a round of his fields. He showed them pits used to collect rainwater, which is fundamental for farming of this type. He also showed them how to produce organic manure in the field.
June 18th, 2012, 09:31 AM
Water Board breaks lock, reclaims storage tank in KGF
Officials of the Water Board broke open the lock which had been illegally installed on the ‘16 Compressor’ water storage tank located at Champion Reefs on Saturday.
The storage tank had been locked illegally by a private party. The tank is commonly used to supply water to NT Block, Urigam and other surrounding areas. After taking unlawful possession of the tank, the private party began supplying water on a whim and a fancy.
Mining areas continued to recieve regular water supplies for some reason, but other areas were subject to erratic supply.
The matter was investigated by officials after several residents complained of irregular water deliveries.
Assistant Executive Engineer of the Water Board, Raveendra, along with other officials, arrived at Champion Reefs, broke open the lock and reclaimed the storage tank.
Raveendra promised residents that he would ensure that regular water was supplied to all the areas.
June 18th, 2012, 09:32 AM
Pichchaguntrahalli plagued by dengue, typhoid
Poor basic amenities and unhygienic conditions reasons for break-out of disease
Pichchaguntrahalli in Malur taluk has been affected by dengue and typhoid fever. The village, located in Hoskote taluk in Bangalore Rural district, has only 40 houses. Nearly everyone in village has become bed-ridden.
Many initially began to suffer from aches in the hands and legs, followed by diarrhoea. As the symptoms increased, many of the minor cases have been admitted to a private hospital in Malur. Serious sufferers have been moved to Bowring and MS
Ramaiah hospitals in Bangalore.
One reason for the break-out of diseas is poor basic amenities coupled with unhygienic conditions at Pichchaguntrahalli. The village, like many in the taluk, lacks basic infrastructure.
The drains in the village are clogged, allowing mosquitos and other water-borne parasites to breed. There is a system for delivering drinking water but the pipes run below the clogged drains, leading to water contamination, according to Venkateshappa, a resident. The community’s small size means that whole families have become ill.
Members of Nagesh’s family were admitted to MVJ Hospital in Malur. “All my family members have returned from the hospital after being treated for five to six days,” he said, adding he had spent thousands of rupees towards treatment.
Another resident, Sakamma, a resident has been admitted to Ramaiah hospital while another person, Geeta, is undergoing treatment at Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital. Babu, Sakamma’s son said that doctors at the hospital had confirmed that his mother was suffering from Dengue.
Nagesh said that none of the officers from the health department bothered to visit the village. In response, Dr Anand, In-charge Taluk Health Officer told Deccan Herald that he would visit every house in the village to treat patients.
June 21st, 2012, 09:06 AM
Weather-based crop insurance policy introduced
A weather-based crop insurance policy will be introduced in the district during the current monsoon.
The policy is compulsory for farmers who have taken crop loans and who will, therefore, be ineligible to apply for the National Agriculture Insurance Scheme (NAIS), said Chikkanna, joint director of the Agriculture Department.
Farmers who have taken no loans, however, may apply for the NAIS. The last date to apply for loan under policy is July 31, while farmers without loans may apply by June 30.
Farmers without loans should apply at the local bank. They may contact the office of the assistant director of the Agriculture Department or the nearest Farmer Contact Centre for further information, said Chikkanna.
Bangarpet: Kasaba- ragi (rain-based), groundnut (rain-based)
Kolar- ragi (rain-based); Vemagal- ragi (rain-based), groundnut (rain-based), potato (irrigated); Sugatur- ragi (rain-based), tur (rain-based), groundnut (rain-based)
Malur: Kasaba- ragi (rain-based), tur (rain-based)
Srinivaspur: Kasaba- ragi (rain-based); Nelavanki, Ronur, Rayalpad, Yaldur- ragi (rain-based), tur (rain-based), groundnut (rain-based)
Mulbagal: Kasaba- ragi (rain-based), tur (rain-based), groundnut (rain-based).
June 22nd, 2012, 02:20 PM
In Narasapura Industrial Area in Kolar district, which is located 53 km near Bangalore, the KIADB has proposed to develop the township in three phases. For the first phase, it has acquired 685 acre and notified 1,480 acre under Section 28(1) of KIADB Act for the second phase. For the third phase, it has identified 2,000 acre. :banana:
“KIADB acquires land for two purposes. We acquire land for large industrial projects as single unit complex (SUC) and also develop industrial estates wherein we allot land to small and medium enterprises. In the last two years since global investors meet in 2010, we have acquired 2,000 acre in Vasantha Narasapur in Tumkur district and 1,000 acre at Narasapur in Kolar district, 660 acre in the first phase at Vemagal in Kolar district,” MB Dyaberi, Chief Executive Officer, KIADB said.:)
June 22nd, 2012, 02:23 PM
Kolar, June 20, 2012, DHNS:
A free polyclinic for the ex-servicemen and their dependent family members was inaugurated by Air Marshall Rajendra Singh on the Tekal Road in the city on Wednesday.
The clinic was launched as part of the second phase of the world’s largest free medical service scheme ‘Ex-servicemen Contributory Health scheme’ (ECHS) of the Central government.
Under the second phase 100 new polyclinics will be opened across the nation, said Rajendra Singh who inaugurated the service. The ex-servicemen during their service period fearlessly fought for the country staying away from their families for a long duration. Providing good health service to these brave men is the topmost priority, said Singh who added that polyclinics were being opened to extend the service.
Group Captain M Mahapatra said 426 polyclinics had been established in the country under the scheme which was launched nine years ago in 2002. As many as 17 lakh servicemen and their 40 lakh dependent family members in the country will benefit from the scheme, under which 25 Regional Centres and 17 mobile clinics have been established.
The servicemen, after their retirement compulsorily become members of the scheme and contribute to the scheme. All those servicemen who retired from the service till January, 2003 are members of the scheme. The clinics fall under non-military category, he said.
Free medicines will be distributed up to one month from initial treatment. In case of emergency the patients will be admitted to other hospitals, Mahapatra added.
Clinic of their choice
The ex-servicemen are given two opportunities in a year to select the polyclinic of their choice. There are also attempts to make the clinics user-friendly, he added.
There are 3,600 ex-servicemen and 10,000 dependents in the district. After Kodagu, Kolar in the State has the highest concentration of ex-servicemen.:banana:
Each polyclinic will have a special doctor, dentist, two nursing staff and one lab expert. The clinics will function from morning 8 am to 4 pm in the evening from Monday to Saturday.
Mahapatra said online billing had been introduced in seven regional centres on a pilot basis. An all India-level helpline number, 080 43004300, has also been established for the benefit of users apart from the toll free no 1800 103 8666.
June 23rd, 2012, 08:58 AM
Poor planning of underpass irks Shidlaghatta residents
Commuters inconvenienced by ‘impractical’ work near Idludu Road
Residents staged a protest claiming that the railway underpass near Idludu Road is not being constructed in a practical manner.
The road currently connects Shidlaghatta to Idludu, Dogaranayakanahalli, Kuthandahalli, Kundalagurkige and is one of the busiest roads in the city, but traffic has become inconvenienced because of construction work, residents said.
In addition, they also claim that the underpass itself has been poorly-planned. At the present time, the underpass is being constructed with a width of 6 metres. But residents demand that the underpass must be increased to 15 metres, to enable the smooth flow of traffic.
In addition, residents complain that as the underpass is being constructed in a low-lying area, commuters cannot see vehicles driving from the opposite direction.
As the road also does not facilitate the two-way movement of traffic, it has increased the risk of accidents in the area — especially as school buses form the majority of vehicles in the area.
Other road projects are similarly badly-planned, alleged Munikrishna, the the former president of Town Muncipal Council.
“A service road to Chintamani is being laid next to the underpass. This road will be 10 metres wide but the road seems very narrow. The road has to be atleast 20 metres wide as many heavy vehicles commute in this area,” he said.
According to Munikrishna, private land was being used for the road projects, but said that residents were ready to offer extra land if the quality of the project was assured.
“So far, officers have refused to pay any heed to the suggestion,” he added.
In addition, residents claim that work is moving forward at a snail’s pace, and has not been completed even though it was started one and a half years ago.
Commuters have been seriously inconvenienced by the road work, Munikrishna said.
A temporary road was also not laid for road users during the ongoing construction. Also, as the construction of the underpass and service road are proceeding at tandem, it has aggravated commuters problems, he added.
Authorities had assured the public that the issue would be fixed, but residents complain that nothing has been done — fuelling protests.
B Narayanaswamy, Hareesh, Manjunath, Ramesh, Gangadhar and others participated in the protest.
June 23rd, 2012, 08:59 AM
District hospital to upgrade facilities, expand services
People elated over sanction of long-pending work
City residents, who have suffered due to poor conditions at the district government hospital, have some good news.
Measures are being taken to upgrade the hospital, including expanding the hospital’s current 100-bed capacity and improving the emergency block. In addition, a new building is being readied within the hospital grounds, capable of holding an additional 40 patients.
According to a senior staffer at the hospital, the hospital is due to receive both an interior and a cosmetic makeover. The reason for the upgrade is because of a rise in the number of patients, the senior staffer said. As National Highway 7 is located nearby, many hospital patrons are also accident victims.
“The injured need immediate treatment and medical attention. For all additional treatment, the hospital needs to be see full-fledged improvements,” he said.
“It is planned to equip the emergency block with modern equipment. In the future, patients need not visit other hospitals in other cities for additional treatment.”
It is hoped the upgrades will allow the hospital to cater to thousands of people who visit everyday. But construction is expected to take time.
“By the time all the construction projects are over and the expanded facilities fall into place, it may take some time,” he said.
June 23rd, 2012, 09:01 AM
Health schemes on the track in Malur
Govt measures reach target group successfully, bring down mortality rate in taluk
The government hospital in the town has been successful in ensuring delivery of various healthcare schemes formulated by the government to the eligible beneficiaries.
The medical facility which functions round-the-clock, caters to the poor and the needy. The 108 ‘Arogya Kavacaha’ emergency service has brought down the mortality rate too. The service comes in handy, particularly in remote villages where no emergency medicare is available on time.
The government provides Rs 500 to women of Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and below poverty line families who deliver in houses.
They are paid Rs 700 if they give birth in hospitals. They will be paid Rs 1,500 if they undergo Caesarean section. The benefit of the scheme has reached 1,829 women during the period from April 2011 to April 2012.
A sum of Rs 14,21,700 has been paid to 550 SC women, 258 ST women and 1,021 women of below poverty line families.The benefit has been extended to 11 SC women, five ST women and 12 others in April this year.
Under the ‘Madilu’ scheme, a kit consisting 19 items useful to groom the child will be provided. As many as 229 SC women, 557 ST women and 439 women of other categories have been given the benefit during 2011-12.
The government extends Rs 2,000 to pregnant women under ‘Prasooti Aryke’ scheme. A sum of Rs 2,000 is being paid for the first two deliveries. Rs 1,000 will be paid before delivery and Rs 1,000 after the child birth. The benefit has reached 648 SC women, 409 ST women and 1,250 women of other categories.
‘Suvarna Arogya Chaitanya,’ a programme to conduct health check at schools has been implemented successfully. The health of students of all the schools in the taluk will be checked under the programme. Last year, as many as 6,463 students were treated while this year it had been decided to examine 36,723 students this academic year.
In an effort to check malnourishment in children, the children admitted to 272 anganwadi centres have been checked for malnutrition.
Of the 21,762 children, 209, below the age of six years have been identified to be malournished. Twenty-two such children have been admitted to the government hospital in Kolar and 18 to Balasanjeevini Hospital. The rest of the children have
recuperated after they were given nutrient supplements.
A total of nine primary health centres, one each in - Lakkur, D N Doddi, Doddashivara, Tekal, Huladenahalli, Tornahalli, Hasandahallil - function throughout the day.
There has been gradual decline in child and mother mortalities following the implementation of welfare schemes. A proposal has been submitted to the government to fill up the vacancies in the hospital, Dr Srinivas, Taluk Medical Officer, told Deccan Herald. He said attempts are being made to set right any loopholes in the health delivery system at the taluk level.
June 24th, 2012, 08:45 AM
Mini Vidhana Soudha work moving at a snail’s pace
PWD engineers now say building will be ready by December
Work on the Mini Vidhana Soudha in the district headquarters continues even as citizens hope that the administrative building will be inaugurated soon.
The Rs 5 crore project had been originally handed to the PWD to replace the old taluk office and sub-registrar’s office. The PWD, in turn, gave a tender to A B Subba Reddy of Bangalore, with instructions to complete work within a year. Accordingly, work began on February 20, 2008 and the building was to be ready by February 19, 2009.
Three years later, however, construction is still far from complete. On the flip side only Rs 3.6 crores of the alloted money has been used.
Reason for delay
Departmental engineers explained that the process of tearing down the old building and preparing the location for new construction had added to the project’s delay.
“First of all, we had to pull down the old buildings. Also, it took us several months to just put up the contractors.
Just as we managed to complete this work in 2009, supply of sand became a problem in the district and we could not get as much as we needed for construction. The work, therefore, is moving at a snail’s pace,” said V P Balaji, assistant engineer at the PWD.
Balaji also blamed the slow release of funds by the government as another problem.
“We often had to write to the government to send funds — which meant that work at the construction site came to a halt because we needed money to continue. As a result, we were forced to request additional time for completing work,” he added.
Balaji also claimed that a shortage of sand had contributed to the delays.
“The biggest problem, however, has been the irregular supply of sand,” he said. “With Kolar facing drought year after year, the district administration passed orders against sand mining for two months in the district, every year. This meant we could not get sand and the work was at a standstill.”
According to Balaji, the contractor has been instructed to complete work by September so that an inauguration can be organised by early 2013.
When completed, the Mini Vidhana Soudha will have 30 rooms of various sizes. The tahsildar, the sub-registrar, small irrigation department subdivision officer and other officials will also function from the building.
June 26th, 2012, 06:42 AM
Unending work on overbridge stresses City
As the work on the construction of the Railway overbridge near Clock Tower completes a year on Tuesday, residents of the City have only one question: When will it complete?
The site on Bangalore Road is visited often by officers, but nobody has any answer to the citizen’s question. The overbridge was to be constructed at an expenditure of Rs five crore, said the then railway officer.
“The road near Clock Tower will be closed till March 2012 for the work. The period allotted for the work can vary,” added the officer. Three months after the deadline set, however, the work still continues, nowhere near completion.
The project, however, has been troubling the citizens from the start.
On June 26, 2011, when the work was first begun, movement of vehicles near the Clock Tower came to a sudden halt at about 10 am, due to closure of the road to facilitate the construction.
Motorists were inconvenienced as the traffic police put up barricades on the road. In addition, a signboard was put up, informing motorists that work was on and asking them to take alternative routes.
The riders and drivers, clueless, were forced to start searching for other roads to reach the State capital.
An alternative road was later constructed a little away from the Clock Tower. People who passed by the Clock Tower and Shahenshah Nagar to reach National Highway 4 as well as to Keelukote and the district stadium found the new road a good facility.
Yet, driving down the road remained a dangerous venture. The alternative route is not levelled anywhere. Also, since the pre-monsoon shower set in barely a month after the start of the work, the road was covered in sewage. Work on conversion of gauge had not begun, which meant people had to continue using the sewage-filled road.
When the gauge conversion began in December 2011 at the site of the overbridge, driving down the alternative road became all the more difficult and dangerous. Long trenches had been dug to place the tracks and traffic movement turned chaotic.
Also, the railway track will be constructed just adjacent to the alternative road and, as a result, the rails are in the trench.
Many children living in the nearby areas bicycle down the road. People, including several elderly citizens, continue to travel on the road near the trench, but there is no danger warning between the road and the trench.
Nor has a barricade of any sort been put up to prevent people from walking in the direction and falling into the pit, by accident or ignorance. Worse, there are no streetlights too, and moving about in the area in the dark is like walking into the arms of danger.
Residents, struggling to adjust to the unending construction work, demand development and a round of cleaning of the alternative road at least.http://www.deccanherald.com/content/259644/unending-work-overbridge-stresses-city.html
June 27th, 2012, 08:42 AM
New garden attracts birds, butterflies at Nandi Hills
The Nandi Hills have a pleasant climate throughout the year and is a haven for migratory birds.
The new garden developed by the Horticultural department will enhance its reputation as a hill station. Birds from the Himalayan region and other places have already started arriving here.
To attract birds and butterflies different varieties of fruit trees and flowers have been grown.
Nandi Hills are currently undergoing a multi-crore development, including a one crore renovation of the Tipu Fort, via private-public partnership to transform the hills into a tourist hub.
The Department of Horticulture is setting up a food court modeled after one in Singapore at a cost of nearly one crore.
Various varieties of vegetarian and continental food, beverages, bakery products, ice-creams and fresh fruit juices will be available.
A 30 lakh music stage located on a three-and-a-half acre grove, which has hundreds of eucalyptus trees and rain trees, will conduct cultural programmes.
Further, the Horticulture department is developing 140 acres (0.57 km2) of pristine land in the Nandi Hills region with the creation of a large scale exotic botanical gardens.
A state of the art Planetarium with an initial one crore investment is also being constructed. A Gondola Lift system will connect the peak of the Nandi Hill with the nearby Muddenahalli.
The State Government had decided to spend Rs. 16.60 crore during the financial year 2011-12 to improve infrastructure and tourist facilities at Nandi Hills.
These included a food court (Rs 15 lakh), an open air auditorium (Rs 83 lakh), a children play area (Rs 85 lakh) and artificial waterfalls (Rs 1 crore).
The new facilities would be developed without disturbing the existing structures and
the environment at Nandi Hills.
Five more cottages are to be constructed at a cost of Rs 71.51 lakh near the existing cottages and, five rooms would come up at the Gandhi Nilaya at a cost of Rs 1.46 crore. Besides, Rs 25 lakh and Rs 55 lakh had been earmarked for improving the facilities at the Gandhi Nilaya and the Nehru Nilaya, respectively.
The bus stand at the hill station would be improved by spending an estimated Rs 81.63 lakh and, Rs 1.80 crore had been set aside for the construction of toilets.
Funds have also been reserved for construction of a car park bay to accommodate at least 500 vehicles and taking up other civil works, she said.
A committee on the development of Nandi Hills and Kemmanagundi, finalised the plans for the development of the two hill stations that attract tourists round the year.
June 29th, 2012, 11:09 AM
National Highway 4 turns death trap near Mulbagal
Fatal accidents on the rise on the stretch up to Nangali
The Nangali stretch on the Kolar-Mulbagal National Highway (NH 4) has earned the unflattering reputation for being a death trap.
The rate of accidents and the death toll on this stretch have risen sharply over for the years.
As per details furnished by district police authorities, as many as 392 accidents took place on this stretch in 2010, during which 93 people were reported killed and another 608 injured.
In 2011, 428 accidents were reported, which resulted in 99 deaths and 490 people injured. Even worse, this year seems set to eclipse the previous years. Already, until May this year, 315 accidents were reported. A total of 96 people have died and 457 have been injured.
These figure, however, has done little to inspire local officals. According to commuters, expansion work on the highway is proceeding at a snails’ place, often creating more problems, in the form of potholes and construction debris, than solutions. Road widening work at the Nangali stretch through Mulbagal and until Andhra Pradesh also appears to have completely stopped.
According to figures, the accident toll is maximum during the stretch that extends from Ramasandra’s border in Kolar taluk to Nangali’s border in Mulbagal taluk. Residents in the surrounding areas have become eye-witnesses to several accidents.
Vehicles coming from Mulbagal are forced to travel through narrow streets riddled with potholes. To aggravate the problem, there are no sign boards which is a big culprit when it comes to causing accidents, residents of Mulbagal said.
“There are no provision to stop vehicles by the side of the road. If drivers slow down to avoid potholes, they face the risk of being rammed by another vehicle from behind. The authorities of the National Highway Authority have developed no solution for the problem,” said Dr G Shivappa, a resident of Mulbagal.
Recently, six members of a family died on this dangerous stretch after a truck rammed into car while trying to avoid a pothole. Since then, potholes had been temporarily filled at a small stretch but a long-term solution is absent.
Residents claim that the authorities have have done little to address safety concerns, especially things repairing potholes and constructing retaining walls at bridges spanning canals and rivers. “If these measures are repaired, the rate of accidents can certainly be brought down.”
Many wonder how many more incidents must happen before action is taken.
“The work will be taken seriously only if a few more accidents occur in this area,” said former member of Taluk Panchayat, Prabhakar Gupta.
It has also been reported that lorries often halt near the tomato market and the Commercial tax Department checkpost near N Vadahalli, restraining the free movement of traffic in the area.
“There is a need to install speed breakers and a road median to avoid accidents in the area,” residents said.
July 2nd, 2012, 10:08 AM
Railway underpass work to be completed soon, says Muniyappa
He assures expansion of roads to help people
K H Muniyappa, Union Minister of State for Railways, and Legislator V Muniyappa visited the site of the railway underpass being built at Idludu, even as protestors claimed that the underpass has not been properly planned.
The road connects Shidlaghatta to Idludu, Dogaranayakanahalli, Kuthandahalli, Kundalagurkige, and is supposed to ease traffic on what is one of the city’s busiest roads. Residents, however, say that traffic has become inconvenienced because of the construction work.
In addition, they also claim that the underpass itself has been poorly-planned. Currently, the underpass has a width of only 6 metres. Residents demand that the underpass be increased to 15 metres, to enable the smooth flow of traffic.
As the underpass is being constructed in a low-lying area, commuters also complain of not being able to see vehicles driving from the opposite direction. Furthermore, as the road work does not facilitate the two-way movement of traffic, it has increased the risk of accidents in the area — especially as school buses are a majority of vehicles which use the road.
Other road projects are similarly badly-planned, residents claimed, bringing up the example of a service road to Chintamani which is being laid next to the underpass. This road is to be 10 metres wide but seems too narrow. Residents want it to be expanded to at least 20 metres to accomodate the many heavy vehicles that commute in this area.
Residents also claimed that the delays in construction work, due to have been completed a year and a half ago, have affected the local sericul ture industry. “Cocoons have be transported to the silk market everyday, but due to the slow work, sericulturists have been forced to use alternate roads which are of a longer distance,” they said.
Railway Engineers Adesh Sharma, Vijay Kumar, Anand, Former TMC president Munikrishnappa, Zilla Panchayat member Satish, Taluk Panchayat president Venugopal and others accompanied K H Muniyappa during the visit.
K H Muniyappa, after speaking to the engineers, said: “The road connecting the underpass will be expanded to 26 feet and the service road to 12 feet. A way will also be paved to the Second Industrial city. Work will be completed soon as trains begin operating from December.”
Legislator V Muniyappa added that the engineers have been directed to lay pipelines for the smooth flow of collected water. We are trying to obtain permission from the Chief Minister to construct additional roads and underpasses,” he said.
July 5th, 2012, 10:57 AM
A stepping stone into the world of galaxies
The German way
Students of the government school in Kamadhenuhalli in the taluk took a giant step on Wednesday into the world of planets from their run-of-the mill classroom lessons in Kolar.
They were led by six members of GalileoMobile team, which is associated by German-based Max Planck Institute for Solar Research (MPS).
Their journey began with discovery of India on the globe. The students cheered and applauded as they spotted their country in an instant response to a query by the demonstrators. As the class progressed, they learnt about solar system.
The excitement was intact even till the class was over by 4 pm.
At the end of the day, the teachers too listened with rapt attention to the lectures by the team and evinced childlike curiousity.
Philippe Kobel, a scientist at LMH-EPFL, Switzerland explained about the globe, celestial bodies and stars.
Unpurturbed by the erratic power supply during the class, Maite, another member, screened a documentary, using her laptop.
Dr Ravindra, a scientist from Indian Institute of Astrophysics and M J Rajiv Gowda, head master, Kuvempu Government Model School at Cheemangala in Shildaghatta donned the role of interpreters.
Later, the teachers in two groups obtained basic inforamtion about the astronomy from Pilar, Maite, Sandra Benítez (Spain), Prof María.
Convenor Dr Megha Bhatt, MPS, Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany, organised the programme.
The team presented the school with a telescope and a book on astrophysics.
GalileoMobile team comprises members from different nationalities who volunteer to promote science education by organising astronomy-related programmes in schools and colleges across the world.
In collaboration with the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, they have organised ‘Astro Chariot’, a programme that began on July 2 and would conclude on July 13 with an aim to attract the students towards the astronomy.
July 5th, 2012, 10:58 AM
A green initiative of a PSU in KGF
It is rare to see avenues of trees and lush greenery in a district which is perennially affected by drought and water crisis.
Despite this major handicap, union public sector undertaking, Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) has made all efforts to add greenery in its surrounding in KGF.
BEML has been evincing keen interest in the afforestation programme in and around BEML factory, township and surrounding areas. Due to concerted efforts of BEML Management, over two hundred thousand trees have come-up in and around KGF and the area is quite green.
Norms laid down by the water and air pollution control board have been fully complied with. All the effluents and discharges are released to the oxidation ponds and recycling arrangements have been carried out on regular basis.
Soon after passing Bangarpet, when you enter the main arch near M Visvesvaraya statue, one gets a new experience. It is like leaving behind a desert and reaching an oasis. The trees on either side of the double road create a cool ambience for those driving, riding or walking along this road.
In the process of planting saplings and increasing the green cover, BEML has also recycles used plastic drums. They have been used as tree guards. These innovative tree guards prevent cattle from eating the saplings.
This protective measure has helped in the healthy growth of trees. Different species of trees have been planted to an extent of four kilometres along the road. This has received public praise and approval. Some of the tree species planted include honge (avenue tree used in making biofuel), Jacaranda, blue flowers, mahogany, peepul, soapnut, gulmohar, tamarind, blue berry, Singapore cherry, Basavana pada (Bahunia parpuria pink and white mix flowers), fig, banyan, jackfruit, bay leaves among others.
The trees include shade trees, oxygen generating trees, flowering and fruit trees and trees which bear food for animals and birds. From Five Lights Circle to First Grade College Ashoka trees have been planted.
The trees have been planted 30 ft away from the border of the road, so that the trees are not affected in case of any civic works. The corporate social responsibility demonstrated by BEML has been appreciated by the public.
July 6th, 2012, 10:24 AM
Beans and roses for this progressive farmer
A progressive farmer, Manjunath Reddy, of Hulimangala village of H Hosakote gram panchayat, has been successful in intercropping of beans with roses, with minimum use of water.
Manjunath first planted roses in his two-acre farm and in between two rows of roses he planted beans. On the advise of his relative, who work at Gandhi Krishi Vignan Kendra in Hebbal, Bangalore, he planted rows of Gold Orange breed of roses maintaining a distance of three feet between two rows. In between rows of roses he sowed Anupama breed of beans.
It takes three months for the rose plant to bloom, while the beans start growing in a month. Beans grows during all seasons. While the water table is declining in the taluk, Manjunath has adopted drip irrigation managing with whatever little water is available in his borewell.
Intercropping is the practice of growing two or more crops in proximity. The most common goal of intercropping is to produce a greater yield on a given piece of land by making use of resources that would otherwise not be utilized by a single crop.
Careful planning is required, taking into account the soil, climate, crops, and varieties. It is particularly important not to have crops competing with each other for physical space, nutrients, water, or sunlight. Examples of intercropping strategies are planting a deep-rooted crop with a shallow-rooted crop, or planting a tall crop with a shorter crop that requires partial shade.
When crops are carefully selected, other agronomic benefits are also achieved. Lodging-prone plants, those that are prone to tip over in wind or heavy rain, may be given structural support by their companion crop. Creepers can also benefit from structural support. Some plants are used to suppress weeds or provide nutrients.
Delicate or light sensitive plants may be given shade or protection, or otherwise wasted space can be utilized.
An example is the tropical multi-tier system where coconut occupies the upper tier, banana the middle tier, and pineapple, ginger, or leguminous fodder, medicinal or aromatic plants occupy the lowest tier. Intercropping of compatible plants also encourages biodiversity, by providing a habitat for a variety of insects and soil organisms that would not be present in a single-crop environment.
Manjunath has also used mulch paper to control weeds and maintain soil moisture. The re is the added advantage that soil nutrients also do not get lost, resulting in a better crop yield.
With the prices of vegetable, including beans, shooting up in June, Reddy was able to fetch a price of Rs 25 to Rs 30 per kg of beans of Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,000 per quintal. Beans are also sent to Tamil Nadu. While the peak season of beans is over, it is time for roses to bloom.
Before adopting intercropping, Manjunath grew capsicum successfully, but now as beans get a better price he decided to grow beans.
Gangappa, a technical officer in horticulture department says that it requires Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000 to grow beans in one hectare of land. But it can fetch a profit of Rs 3 lakh to Rs 4 lakh. Beans is therefore called ‘farmer’s friend’, he adds.
July 7th, 2012, 10:32 AM
Work at a snail’s pace on Shidlaghatta railway station
Hundreds of citizens welcome the first train to Shidlaghatta in March this year
Work on the railway line between Chikkaballapur and Shidlaghatta being completed, the railway engine was taken on an experimental run on the line on Wednesday.
Officers of the Railway Department travelled till Shidlaghatta, to ensure proper working of the line and the engine. The new railway connection from Chikkaballapur to Kolar was expected to open around July.
“This is the first such experimental run of a railway engine till Shidlaghatta. Now, only the work on the line connecting Shidlaghatta to Chintamani is remaining and is expected to be completed by June. If the remaining work on the Railway line is completed in time, we should have a train starting July this year,” Anand, an engineer of the railway department had said.
The new train, from Chikkaballapur till Kolar via Shidlaghatta and Chintamani was expected to convenience thousands of passengers as they can travel directly to Bangalore. The journey is also expected to be pleasant, as the train travels by highways and through fields.
However, the work is far from complete. The work on the underpasses between Shidlaghatta and Chintamani is progressing at a snail’s pace and the track work is yet to take place.
Earlier there was a narrow gage train from Bangarpet to Yelahanka started during the rule of the Mysore kings. It stopped operating in 1989. Subsequently the work on converting this line into broad gage began. A new railway station was built and a trial run was carried out in March this year.
There are five railway stations including Shidlaghatta, Chintamani, Y Hunsenahalli, Gidnahalli and Chikkaballapur.
Shidlaghatta is the only town in the district that has the railway station (which comes under the Southern Western railway zone), inside the town, not on the outskirts. The hoot of the train is therefore audible to every house in Shidlaghatta town. People travel more by train than by bus.
This line when completed will make is convenient for the people, especially students, to commute to Bangalore and Chintamani. It is also convenient to transport silk cocoons by train besides leading to increase in commerce and business.
July 7th, 2012, 10:38 AM
No joy in this roller coaster ride in Bagepalli
It is a roller coaster ride for people travelling from villages to the town in the taluk.
Dents, potholes and granite clinkers due to damage to the roads make the journey unpleasant for the passengers. The Gorthapalli-Boyipalli road in the border taluk of Bagepalli has been completely damaged.
The villages of Gorthapalli, Boyipalli and Sriramapura are located 35 kms from the town. The road leading to these villages has not been asphalted for many years now.
As a result the road is badly damaged, the granite clinkers are exposed and is full of
potholes. As a result a journey along this road is a night-mare.
Every day thousands of vehicles pass along this road. Heavy goods laden lorries also pass along this road adding to the intensity of traffic along this road.
It is also not a smooth ride for the students who ride bicycles. Two-wheeler riders have to ride with great caution. The rains have further damaged the road, wherever water has stagnated. Compared to the roads in the border region of Karnataka, the roads on the border region of Andhra Pradesh are better.
July 8th, 2012, 10:41 AM
‘Use canals to supply water from Yettinahole’
The project is part of the report submitted by irrigation expert G S Paramashivaiah
The State government should implement Yettinahole irrigation project through canals and not through pipeline, said G S Basavarju, Tumkur Parliamentarian.
“Yettinahole project is a part of irrigation report submitted by G S Paramashivaiah, to the State government. This project should be implemented properly. Supply of water through pipeline is strongly supported by a lobby, which however, should be kept at bay,” he said at a press conference in Chikkaballapur on Saturday.
“Chief Minister Sadananda Gowda and Union Minister Veerappa Moily have supported the supply water from Yettinahole than from Nethravati river, flowing in the Western Ghats.
We have welcomed the decision of government as Yettinahole project is a part of Paramashivaiah report. But we request that the government should take action to also flow water from Nethravati to dry land areas in the State,” he said.
Speaking on the occasion, irrigation expert G S Paramashivaiah said: “World heritage site tag to the Western Ghats will not hamper irrigation project. The project will need 100 hectares of barren and forest land. If the government gives opportunity to implement the irrigation project, it will surely help dry land areas enormously.”
Members of Indian Farmers’ Federation in Gauribidanur welcomed the government’s decision to implement Yettinahole project in Chikkaballapur, Kolar and other districts.
Farmers celebrated by bursting crackers in Gauribidanur on Saturday.
“As a result of continuous agitation, the State government has come forward to solve water problem. But it is not enough to approve the project, but action should be taken to implement it at the earliest,” said the members of the Federation.
“People living at dry land areas in Chikkaballapur and Kolar will benefit from this project. Water shortage, which has been a problem for a long time, will be solved now at last.
The project has brought new life to the districts,” the farmers said.
Members of the Federation went in a procession in thee main roads of Gauribidanur.
Indian Farmers’ Federation members G R Govinda Reddy, K S Satish, Rajesh Reddy, Maruthi Reddy, Ravichandra Reddy, Sanath Kumar and others were present.
July 8th, 2012, 10:42 AM
Don’t grow water-intensive crops, says govt
Farmers’ assistance sought to improve groundwater level
Considering the alarming depletion of water table in the district, drought seem to be imminent in the district.
In this backdrop, the government has appealed to farmers to grow crops that require less water.
A decision in this regard has been taken by the government. It has directed the authorities concerned in the district to initiate measure in this regard.
Major crops like potato, tomato, paddy and onion that are grown in the district require more water. The farmers have been asked not to grow these, instead grow crops that give good yield but require not much of water.
The Deputy Commissioner, through an order, has been asked to convince farmers to grow crops that may not be harsh on groundwater.
Further, it has asked them to form taluk-level committees comprising tahsildars of respective taluks, assistant agriculture officers, horticulture officers, executive officers, assistant executive engineers, small irrigation department and sericulture department to implement the order.
Joint agriculture director and assistant commissioners should overlook the committees functionality.
“Groundwater is rampantly exploited in drought-affected areas and if it continues unabated, the district will face severe drought crisis. In order to store water to meet drinking water demands, it is necessary to check seepage of water through sluice gates,” said the order.
The government has also asked to implement measures to improve groundwater level and submit water availability report to the technical division of the panchayat Raj.
“We received the order only on Wednesday and will implement new measures to improve water level. We will convince the farmers to abide by the government order,” Agriculture Joint Director S Venkataramu told Deccan Herald.
July 8th, 2012, 10:44 AM
This is going to be bigger than Bangalore science planetarium
Mangalore to get India's first 3D planetarium shortly
MANGALORE: If the proposed change by BJP leadership sees Lingayat leader Jagadish Shettar replace chief minister DV Sadananda Gowda, it could well be the latter's most important parting gift to his home district of Dakshina Kannada. The 3D planetarium, which the state cabinet chaired by Sadananda Gowda cleared on Friday would see Mangalore become the first city in India to have this facility on par with cities such as Hong Kong, Macau.
Brainchild of deputy speaker of the state assembly and Mangalore City South MLA N Yogish Bhat, the 3D Planetarium will come up at Regional Science Centre at Pilikula Nisargadhama, Moodushedde village near here. While then CM BS Yeddyurappa had earmarked Rs 11 crore for the planetarium, it was Yogish Bhat who took forward this project to its current status with the help from MN Vidyashanker, principal secretary, Information Technology.
Yogish Bhat told TOI that tender process for the planetarium would start now that the cabinet has cleared the project. The 3D planetarium would be of 18metre diameter, on par with similar planetariums in Hong Kong and Macau, he said, adding tourists in general and student community in particular will benefit a lot from it. The planetarium will be named Swami Vivekananda Planetarium after the saint in his 150 thbirth centenary year, Bhat noted.
The entire project would now cost Rs 24.50-crore and the up gradation of the technology to 3D will result in additional outgo of Rs 13.50 crore to go with Rs 11 crore sanctioned earlier, Bhat said thanking both the current CM and his predecessor. "We will be importing the technology and the software," Yogish Bhat said, adding his persistence and legwork done by Vidyashankar has seen this project materialise during the tenure of Sadananda Gowda.
July 9th, 2012, 04:44 AM
GIM-2012 MOUs/RoIs/EoIs for Chikkaballapura
Taken from Karnataka Udyoga Mitra (http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=mou+roi+eoi&source=web&cd=6&ved=0CF0QFjAF&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.kumbangalore.com%2Fdownload.aspx%3Ffile%3DUploads%2FFileUpload%2FGIM%2520MOU%2520EOI%2520%2520ROI%2520projects.xlsx&ei=iwr4T7u-AY_zrQeq14HEBg&usg=AFQjCNEWhkdB55oaSTmdtGL60AA-azGiRQ&cad=rja) & Advantage Karnataka (http://www.advantagekarnataka.com/).
2 projects in biotechnology & pharmaceuticals sector.
3 projects in hospitality & tourism sector.
2 projects in industrial infrastructure sector.
One project each in food processing, cement, mineral, education, energy (solar), IT & electronics sectors.
GIM = Global Investors Meet
MOU = Memorandum Of Understanding
RoI = Registration of Interest
EoI = Expression of Interest
July 9th, 2012, 04:44 AM
GIM-2012 MOUs/RoIs/EoIs for Kolara
Taken from Karnataka Udyoga Mitra (http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=mou+roi+eoi&source=web&cd=6&ved=0CF0QFjAF&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.kumbangalore.com%2Fdownload.aspx%3Ffile%3DUploads%2FFileUpload%2FGIM%2520MOU%2520EOI%2520%2520ROI%2520projects.xlsx&ei=iwr4T7u-AY_zrQeq14HEBg&usg=AFQjCNEWhkdB55oaSTmdtGL60AA-azGiRQ&cad=rja) & Advantage Karnataka (http://www.advantagekarnataka.com/).
One project in aerospace sector.
10 projects in automobile sector.
5 projects in engineering sector (two for automobile).
4 projects in industrial & urban infrastructure sectors.
4 projects in hospitality & tourism sector.
3 projects in logistics sector.
One project each in energy sector (gas based).
GIM = Global Investors Meet
MOU = Memorandum Of Understanding
RoI = Registration of Interest
EoI = Expression of Interest
July 9th, 2012, 04:52 AM
^^Excellent,this shows how proximity to bangalore helps.Hope double line + electrification and BMIC help Mysore to emerge as a big industrial center,can be named as nava mysuru. :cheers: Good job krishnamoorthy in compiling the data.
July 9th, 2012, 07:25 AM
No end in sight over wait for city transport in Kolar
Citizens disappointed by political squabbling over inauguration
The wait for City transport has gone on more than 10 years, but so have the promises for the system, made by the local representatives.
The new buses brought in for the City transport mostly remain unused in the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) depot. Some of the buses are used, but only as part of the Samparka Sarige for rural transport, to places like Chintamani and Malur.
Residents of the City are forced to keep watching the buses, wondering if they will ever get access to the buses, to travel just within the City.
The dream of having such a system goes back more than a decade, to 2001. A few years ago, there was a transport system for a few days, but the City has never been provided with a transport system full scale.
N Manjunath Prasad, managing director of the KSRTC, visited the City on April 29, and said the Transport Minister R Ashoka would inaugurate the city transport on May 5. It is already two months since, but the transport system is still not here.
There were fresh preparations for inauguration on June 29, but the tussle within the government resulted in a postponement of the programme.
The KSRTC has provided 16 buses to the Kolar unit for city transport. The first six buses were necessarily to be used for plying in the City.
The inauguration was suddenly put off, and the buses were used for rural transport on the Kolar-Chintamani-Malur route and also the Kolar-Kolar Gold Fields route.
Sources attribute the failure in setting up of a city transport system to frequent transfer of the divisional control officers of the KSRTC.
Auto rickshaw drivers would be the mostly affected section if a transport system is introduced in the City.
District In-charge Minister R Varthur Prakash has been accused of postponing inauguration of the city transport in order to appease auto rickshaw drivers and owners, who were allegdely opposed to the inauguration.
K V Suresh, honorary president of the District Three-wheeler Drivers’ and Owners’ Association, denied the allegation.
“We have not met the minister, complaining of problems if the transport system is introduced. In fact, we too hope the City gets an environment-friendly transport system.
If otherwise, we would have already staged protests, opposing the system,” he argued.
Sources add that KSRTC has requested the Regional Transport Authority (RTA) to permit transport on six routes.
The RTA, however, has never met since the transfer of former Deputy Commissioner Manoj Kumar Meena. The city buses, therefore, are yet to get travel permits, say the sources.
The citizens are especially disappointed that a spate of reasons is holding back the inauguration, as the buses were provided for a city transport system for Kolar.
“The District In-charge Minister, the Deputy Commissioner and the Regional Transport Authority should take a decision immediately on the matter,” urged Nagaraj Shenoy, a resident of the City.
The 10 buses brought into the City for inauguration are still waiting in the depot while citizens continue to travel by auto rickshaws.
It is important to utilise the buses without further delay and provide the citizens better transport facilities, said a senior officer of the KSRTC Employees’ Union.http://www.deccanherald.com/content/262844/no-end-sight-over-wait.html
July 9th, 2012, 10:00 AM
Residents play host to winged visitors
The vagaries of nature can be experienced by the mankind, as well as the flora and
Living beings are all victims of nature’s fickle-mindedness. Every season ushers in a new hope and energy to proceed further, but alas, when it fails to do so, it only forecasts gloom and melancholy.
Chikkaballapur district is presently reeling under the shackles of drought.
The tanks and ponds in the district are drying up and the fields sport a withered look.
Villages like Kandawar and Angaata in the taluk are facing extreme conditions, with drinking water crisis looming large on its faces. These water bodies are also facing the dangers of encroachment.
Most of the aquatic creatures including fish have died due to a scarcity of water, while birds have migrated elsewhere.
Even under such adverse situations, it is surprising to note that a flock of migratory egrets that have decided to continue their stay here despite the impact of drought.
They have decided to stay loyal to their surroundings, come what may. A large number of egrets visit the Thammanayakanahalli village in Chikkaballapur taluk every year.
They have become accustomed to the surroundings in the village and have even ventured further into the village in search of their food.
Day after day
With tanks and ponds hitting the bottom, the egrets usually feed on insects and pests. They are even visiting the village in search of food and haunt the places where heaps of garbage are dumped.
The egrets are spotted in Thammanahalli usually in the morning and evening hours. They are hardly seen during afternoons and the moment they feel threatened, they fly away instantly. They perch themselves atop the tallest trees and come up only when they feel safe.
Generally found near the lakeside, this time, they have surprised the villagers by visiting the village. Their arrival has only delighted the residents all the more.
It has also motivated them into piling up their agriculture waste, garbage, manure, etc, at one place so that the egrets which flock the village in search of food, find them at one place.
From a distance
“It is a matter of pity to note that all the water bodies have dried up in the district. The egrets who feed on the acquaintic beings, are forced to search alternatives,” said Thammegowda, speaking to Deccan Herald.
“However, they have made us all the more happy by visiting us. It has become habitual for all of us to see the flock of birds in the mornings and evenings.
Even amid the gloom and despair, the egrets have given us an ventilation to forget our woes. We observe these birds from a far distance feeding on the leftovers in the dump and even a couple of strides towards them, they fly away,” he added.
“We are not aware from where these winged beauties arrive from. But we are happy that they are able to feed themselves with whatever food that is available in the village here.
They are our guests here and it is our duty to look after them in whatever manner that is possible for us,” he added.
July 19th, 2012, 09:49 AM
Day-long cleaning of Hunkunda temple tank
Deputy Commissioner, Zilla Panchayat CEO join hands with students, home guards
The presence of the Deputy Commissioner D S Vishwanath at Hunkunda at 6.30 am on Wednesday made a big difference to the spirits of all who had gathered to clean up the temple tank.
Hundreds of citizens, including NSS students from the Government First Grade College, Bangarpet and home guards, had gathered near the temple tank, but stood waiting for the word go from the Deputy Commissioner and Rajendra Cholan, chief executive officer of the Zilla Panchayat.
The officers, in turn, handed spades and pick axes to the students and guards and virtually led the way by digging up the earth of the dried up tank. Gram Panchayat president Mangala joined them and added to the enthusiasm of the workers.
Working from early morning, they succeeded in finding a spring of water in the temple tank by afternoon. The Deputy Commissioner again led the way to clear encroachments on the canals supplying water to the tank. A cement pipe was connected to the tank to supply water.
The Deputy Commissioner, who spoke to mediapersons after the event, said the Hunkunda temple tank would be cleared of encroachments, repaired completely and facilities would provided for rainwater harvesting, so that the residents of villages nearby would get good drinking water supply facilities.
“The work, however, should go beyond mere government projects. Residents of villages should identify similar temple tanks and work for rejuvenation of the water bodies,” he said. “The level of underground water will increase and solve the drinking water shortage problem in the current season of drought.”
A district-level schedule will be readied and action plans prepared for development of temple tanks. “An amount of Rs 189 crore has been allotted in the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme for such work and funds will be released accordingly,” he added.
The district is said to have 672 temple tanks in and around villages and 18 in the urban area. Efforts will be taken to spread awareness and gather people to work for development of the tanks, said Vishwanath.
“Rejuvenation work on the Venugopalaswamy temple tank near Tekal Road will be started on Friday, July 20. Labour for the work is voluntary,” said the Deputy Commissioner.
“All officers, district-level government employees’ association members, NSS students and home guards and even citizens should join hands for the purpose,” he requested.
Residents of villages, who appreciated the efforts of the DC and the ZP CEO, said the combined labour driven work would ensure the temple tank fills, and the drinking water problem would be reduced greatly.
The unbiased attitude of the officers, who had no issues sweating under a blazing sun in the company of the common man, is exemplary, they added.
July 23rd, 2012, 10:03 AM
Plea to protect hero stone in Srinivaspur
A huge veeragallu (hero stone) measuring 12 ft x 6 ft adorns the entrance to the Someshwara temple in Nambihalli of Srinivaspur taluk.
This hero stone of historical significance was subject to applying of limestone wash and other colours during the recent festival at the temple.
The hero stone probably belongs to the 9th or 10th century during the time of the Gangas or Nalamba dynasty. The stone which was buried under the earth was discovered by historian and researcher Prof K R Narasimhan.
This hero stone stands out when compared with other hero stones and is in good condition. Battle scenes have been intricately carved on the stone.
Soldiers riding on horses and elephants are found battling, the body of a soldier on a horse, royal umbrella, flag and dancers. What is surprising is the carving of a woman mahout (elephant trainer) in the battlefield.
After the hero stone was excavated, it is exposed to the elements and also disfigurement by the way of applying limestone coat and paint.
History teachers N Sriram Reddy says that the department concerned should take steps to protect this historic relic.
July 23rd, 2012, 10:04 AM
Kashmiri goats find their way into KGF
Farmers taking up alternate jobs or doing odd jobs to eke out a living is nothing new in Kolar.
Though the district has received some rainfall, the fear of drought still lurks in the hearts of people.
Livestock rearing is not new to Kolar which known all over the country for highest milk production. But impending drought has cast a shadow on the supply of fodder, adding to the woes of farmers.
However, rearing Jamunapur goats or Kashmiri goats as they are popularly known might just be a solution.
As the name suggests, the goats, distinguished by long dropping ears and constant butting, are of Kashmiri origin. However, they are widely reared in Rajasthan and Gujarat.
Compared to the goats of native origin, the rearing is relatively easy and fetch far more profit. The profit margin is eight to 10 times more than the native goats.
Traditionally, the goats were reared by the Muslim families for the festival of Bakrid. However, the rearing spread to other communities in the rural areas. The farmers are now mastering the rearing techniques.
Costs Rs 80,000
A Kashmiri goat costs up to
Rs 80,000 and the kids are relative free of diseases.They need not be taken out for grazing like in the case of native species.
Further, during Bakrid, the traders and other Muslims come in search in goats and pay a good price, said farmer Govindappa, a resident of Doddakaari Cross near Betamangala.
A lot of money can be earned from the rearing. Further, the kids too fetch good money. Each is sold for Rs 3,000 to Rs 4,000.
A little care and one will get pocket full of money, he added.
Govindappa said that the Kashmiri goats grew faster than other goats and gave as much as 2.5 ltrs of milk. Though the milk is not as sweet as cow’s milk, due to presence of high salt content, it is still consumable. Even Gandhiji preferred goat’s milk over cow’s milk.
The meat contains less fat and is ideal for people who are calorie conscious and prefer healthy diet, he added.
The goats come to heat twice a year and lives longer than other goats. They will live up to 10 years.
The farmers can take up the rearing as part of dairy farming and can substantially raise their income, said Animal Husbandry Department’s Assistant Director Dr Jayaram.
July 28th, 2012, 09:22 AM
Decade-old dream will come true today
State Transport Minister Ashoka to inaugurate three routes of City transport system
The City will get a local transport system on Saturday, after waiting for more than a decade. State Transport Minister R Ashoka will inaugurate the system at the new bus stand.
The new buses brought in for the City transport mostly remained unused in the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) depot. Some of the buses were used, but only as part of the Samparka Sarige for rural transport, to places like Chintamani and Malur.
Now, however, the first three routes of transport have been marked and four buses have been allotted for travel from Kolar bus stand till Vadagur Gate, which is a distance of 13 km, and from Sangondahalli to Hasala Gate (9 km). Two more buses will travel between Kolar bus stand and Pooja Kalyana Mantapa, a distance of 4 km.
The Kolar-Vadagur Gate buses will be available once every 30 minutes. Buses for the other two routes will be available every 25 minutes.
The ticket rates have been set at Rs 9 for the Kolar-Vadagur route and the Sangondahalli to Hasala Gate route. The Kolar-Pooja Kalyana Mantapa route will cost Rs five per journey.
Every bus used for the system is provided with LED route plates costing Rs 19.03 lakh and loud speaker facilities to inform the passengers of the stops. Wide doors and windows have been provided for the convenience of passengers. A new air conditioning system has also been installed.
The dream of having such a system in the City goes back more than a decade, to 2001, but was postponed about eight times. The KSRTC faces a lot of objections although the transport system is to be inaugurated on Saturday.
“The first complaint is that the bus routes are not specifically city routes, unlike the Majestic-KR Circle or Majestic-Corporation routes in Bangalore. The bus stops too have not been specified,” said Nagaraj Shenoy, a resident of MB Road.
“The Corporation has not organised a proper meeting to discuss the issue. The officers have also not bothered to take suggestions and advice from the citizens or even accept requests or memoranda from us,” he added.
The ticket rate for the bus routes is a second issue of objection. A trip on two of the routes are charged Rs 9, in contrast to the auto rickshaw charge, which is merely Rs 5. The extra four rupees add to the woes of the public, as there is every chance of auto rickshaw drivers too demanding a higher rate from now.
“We pay just Rs 5 to travel from Tamaka to the City. If we have to pay an additional four rupees to travel by bus, we would rather avoid such a journey,” Suresh, a resident of Tamaka, explains.
“The city transport should provide us good facilities economising on time and charging us low. But the present system is working like a rural or suburban system, charging high for a short distance.
This will only inconvenience citizens immensely,” says S H Chowdappa.
The entire process of climbing in and out of a bus at a specified distance will be people-friendly only if the journey charge is much lower say most citizens. “Otherwise, the city transport is merely a burden on us,” they say.
Many citizens also feel that the ticket booking centre at the new bus stand in the City should be upgraded.
“Although we book the ticket here in Kolar the charges are the same as in Bangalore. Also, tickets for buses of other states’ transport corporations should be made available at the booking centre in Kolar.
The excuse of lack or failure of the computer and internet is not acceptable any longer,” they add.
July 29th, 2012, 10:06 AM
‘Single ticket system from taluk centres soon’
Transport Minister Ashoka says system will help commuters, at city bus service inauguration
A single ticket system is being planned for travel from taluk centres to the City and back again, said Deputy Chief Minister and Transport Minister R Ashoka.
“Many people living in rural areas travel to and from Kolar City for employment purposes. A single ticket system will help farmers save both time and money,” he added.
The Minister spoke after flagging off the new city bus service from the new bus stand on Saturday.
“About 2.5 lakh passengers travel all over the district in the Transport Department buses. The new city bus service has been provided to double the number,” said Ashoka.
“The bus stand is being renovated at an expenditure of Rs 2.25 lakh. Additional funds will be made available to ensure that the City gets a hi-tech bus stand,” he added.
Students studying under sixth standard all over the State are given free bus passes. The Department will decide in a week’s time about providing greater facilities to school children, said the Minister.
“The Department aims to provide excellent facilities to the public and not make profits. Students and physically challenged persons can travel in the new buses with passes,” Ashoka added.
Referring to the increasing rate of migration to cities from rural areas, Ashoka said the Transport Department wished to expand transport facilities keeping in mind problems that would show up about 25 years from now.
The Deputy Chief Minister said on Saturday that the Cabinet committee had agreed to spend Rs 3,900 crore to implement the Yettinahole irrigation project in the district.
District In-charge Minister R Varthur Prakash, who chaired the inaugural function, requested Ashoka for new buildings for the Kolar city and rural police stations.
“The rural station in the district, which manages law and order in 350 villages, needs to be bifurcated into an urban police station and a new station in Sugatur. In addition, we need a new police station in Narasapur,” he explained.
Varthur also asked the Deputy Chief Minister to lay the foundation for the renovation of the bus stand, which is to begin in August. “Contractors should be instructed to complete work in eight months,” he said.
“The staff quarters of the armed forces in the district is in dilapidated condition. The houses should be pulled down and new quarters constructed,” he asked of Ashoka.
He also requested that a DSP post be provided for the armed forces in Kolar and Kolar Gold Fields.
Divisional Control Officer M Ramesh welcomed the gathering, and accounts officer M Venkatamuniyappa proposed the vote of thanks.
Legislators M Narayanaswamy, Y A Narayanaswamy and K R Nandish Reddy, Karnataka Vidyut Karkhane chairman B P Venkatamuniyappa, Zilla Panchayat president Manjula, Taluk Panchayat president N Ramadevi, City Municipal Council president Nazia, vice-president L Khaleel Ahmed, member C Somashekhar, V Prakash, Raut Shankarappa, Muninarayanappa, Begli Siraj, Begli Suryaprakash and S Muniyappa were on the dais for the function.
Insurance for cops to be hiked
Deputy Chief Minister R Ashoka announced on Saturday that the insurance amount given to the next of kin of police personnel who died while on duty would be hiked from Rs three lakh to Rs 10 lakh. He was speaking to reporters after launching the city bus services at the new bus stand in Kolar city.
Ashoka, who is also the home minister, said that an amount of Rs 20 crore had been set aside for the purpose of providing investigation allowance to the police. The police would, henceforth, not need to mobilise money for the purpose, he said. The allowance paid per constable had been raised from Rs 50 to Rs 100, he said
July 29th, 2012, 10:07 AM
Road works worth Rs 60 lakh launched
Work on double road from the town church to Ashraya Layout was launched by Member of Legislative Assembly V Muniyappa at Dibburahalli Road here on Saturday. The work is being taken up at a cost of Rs 60 lakh.
The 400 mt length-road will be widened and asphalted on either sides of the road, besides a median will also be placed all along the stretch. Already road below from the railway underbridge to the church has been widened and asphalted at a cost of Rs 75 lakh, said legislator Muniyappa. However, it requires at least Rs one crore to take up two-lane widening of Dibburahalli road till Hanumanthapura gate. A proposal seeking the required funds has been submitted to the government and work will be taken up once the funds are released.
Under the SFC Grants, Rs 3 crore has been granted to take up development of roads in the town, he said and called upon the authorities concerned to meet the deadline.
The legislator further stated that to meet drinking water crisis, 16 borewells have been sunk in the town jurisdiction and another eight borewells are in the offing.
Deprived of home
As many as 5,000 houses have been granted for the poor in the taluk but opposition by 12 panchayats in releasing funds, has deprived the beneficiaries of their homes, said Legislator V Muniyappa.
These opposing local bodies have been given 15 days of deadline to finalise their stand and also to remove ineligible beneficiaries from the list. If these panchayats fail to provide new list, the old list will be considered as valid to distribute houses, he warned.
July 31st, 2012, 09:58 AM
City buses find more patrons in Kolar
New facility introduced on three routes is an alternative to autorickshaws, say residents
The newly introduced city bus service has elicited enthusiastic response from all sections of society in Kolar. Students and homemakers alike are all praise for the service, given the exorbitant fare they had to fork out for autorickshaws.
The city service is now introduced on three routes. Till now, one had to shell out Rs 20 to Rs 75 to travel in the town. The city buses have brought down the travelling expense to a bare minimum of Rs 20.
“I had to pay at least Rs 50 to reach my house in Mahalakshmi extension from Government Boys’ College. Travelling by auto had become a nightmare since the drivers used to demand more fare. The city bus service has put a full stop to the trouble,” said C A Ramesh of Kannada Department in the college. He said he had stopped giving his two-wheeler for service to avoid using auto.
Ramesh said the service should not be stopped if it did not generate income at the expected level, as done earlier. The service should be operational as long as people come to know of the facility. “People will realise the benefit once they get used to city service,” he said.
The city service has come as a boon for students, particularly for those commuting from areas such as Vadagur gate, Tamaka, Gandhinagar and Devaraj Urs Medical College.
Hundreds of students come to educational institutions located in the heart of Kolar and reaching school/college had become a Herculean task for them.
“It’s now easy for us to attend classes,” said Abhishek, Nagaraj and Puneeth, all students.
Rama, a homemaker, said she had to spend Rs 25 every time she travelled to her house in PC Extension from the new bus stand. She is happy that she can now travel the distance for just Rs five by city bus.
The suburban buses have come in handy for patients since a stop has been provided in front of the district hospital. Buses operating from new bus stand reach district hospital after passing through Domelight Circle. While it costs Rs 20 to come to the district hospital from new bus stand in an auto, the fare is only one-fourth - just Rs five in the city bus.
The commuting public suggest that the city bus stops should be located away from busy spots. They point out that the stops are usually situated at thoroughfares causing discomfort for the passengers. They also opine that widening of roads should be taken up on a priority basis to avoid traffic congestion.
Extending the city bus service up to eight kilometre on Chintamani and Srinivaspur road would benefit farmers too, they felt.
Routes and rates
August 8th, 2012, 08:22 AM
Preparation for 5-yr plan project for Kolar district
Planning must keep in view long-term welfare, says Cholan
Chief Executive Officer of the Zilla Panchayat P Rajendra Cholan has expressed the need for the preparation of a five-year plan project for the development of the district.
He instructed all gram panchayats and taluk panchayats under Kolar Zilla Panchayat to prepare their respective plans. He said, along with executing State and Union Governments projects, it was necessary for projects to be undertaken useful for the district. “The projects will be extremely beneficial keeping in view the interests of the district.” He further explained that the municipal councils and panchayats had the freedom to have their own plans and submit them before the District Planning Committee for approval. The plans will be further sent to the Government for approval. “Based on the priority of the subject, the Government will release the grants.” But he warned planners not to formulate projects by considering cost alone. “The focus should be on the priority of the subject that requires immediate attention. Drinking water, road repairs, distribution of the resources, environment conservation, overall development, etc — these are all top priority issues,” he said, during a District Planning Committee meeting. which was held at the auditorium of the Zilla Panchayat on Monday. The District Planning Committee came into existence in July 2011. It was then decided that the Committee would meet once every three months. On several occasions, meetings had been postponed. The Monday meeting was the first to be held after a gap of a year. Zilla Panchayat President Manjula explained that that is all town council and panchayat bodies prepared their plans as early as possible, and submitted them before the Committee for approval, it make it easier for the project to be studied. “Based on these plans, the districts can be put on the paths of progress. Keeping these things in view, the next Committee meeting should be held next month itself,” she said. Raising objections over the delay in conducting the meetings, ZP member G S Amarnath said it was most surprising to note that the Committee, which despite being in existence for over a year had never convened a proper meeting. “If elected representatives had not bothered to show any interest, at least the officials concerned should have come forward.” He said if the Committee failed top hold meetings once in three months, it would lose its value and importance. “Why was the Committee inactive all this time?” he asked. Regular meetings Other members, C P Nagaraj and G Nagaraj, urged that henceforth at least the Committee should conduct regular meetings. Chief Planning Officer S Dhanush revealed that the development project for the 12th five-year plan, from 2012-17, is all set to be prepared. “Initially, training will be provided at the Abdul Nazeersab Rural Development Training Institute in Mysore. After the training programme, an action plan will be prepared based on the guidelines provided. Workshops will be held at the gram sabhas, ward sabhas, etc.”The assistance and services of subject experts, research institutions and educational intuitions can also be taken in order to prepare far-sighted projects for the district. “On the occasion, the evaluation of the plans of the various departments will also be undertaken,” he added.
August 10th, 2012, 07:55 AM
A pitful of water next to dry borewells
A water pit 15 feet deep and full of water for the last eight months cannot technically exist barely 100 metres away from a 400-feet deep borewell that has already dried up. The residents of KG Halli in Malur taluk, however, beg to differ. Such a water pit is to be found near the Gram Panchayat office.
Malur taluk has received the least rain in Kolar district and agricultural activities have receded. In the midst of the intense drought and the rapid drying up of water sources as well as the menace of stone crushers in KG Halli, eight months of water supply in the pit is a wonder for the citizens.
Although the water from the pit was used for human consumption initially, it is now used for construction work.
In sharp contrast, two borewells in the village have already dried up and the areas are supplied water using tankers. One such borewell is just 100 metres away from the water pit and another at the Tekal Railway Station.
“Work was started on construction of the Om Shakti temple in the village in January this year. When a sump was dug for collection of water, a spring was found at barely five-feet. The workers dug further and when the pit was 15 feet deep, the quantity of water available made it difficult for them to continue digging. The water in the pit has not dried so far,” said panchayat development officer Mohan Kumar Gowda, in conversation with the Deccan Herald correspondent on Thursday.
The officer, however, felt the pit might be drawing water from the same source as the borewell in the neighbourhood.
“We had expected the water pit to dry up in a few weeks’ time, but were proven wrong. The water is probably being replenished continuously from a spring in a hill nearby.”
The source of water for the pit is still unknown, but the Panchayat will undertake a plan soon to protect it, said Mohan Kumar, Zilla Panchayat assistant project officer.
“The fact that the pit has not dried up even after eight months- although so many borewells have dried up within this timespan- is very important. The pit needs to be protected. The development officer has been instructed to consult the Mine and Geology Department on the matter,” he said.
“Funds have been reserved in the Zilla Panchayat for the protection and development of temple tanks in the district. The money can be used to construct a tank in place of the small pit,” said Kumar, adding that he would visit KG Halli and inspect the water pit.
Workers constructing the temple have expressed special delight in the discovery of a water source in the village struggling to cope with water shortage. They also felt the discovery of water, during the construction of a temple, was a lucky sign.
August 10th, 2012, 07:59 AM
Drinking water crisis leave citizens of Bagepalli taluk hapless
Dry borewells affect 15 Gram Panchayats in taluk
Amidst drought, the delay in the monsoon has aggravated the drinking water crisis in Bagepalli taluk.
There are 405 tanks in these villages, out of which 373 small tanks are in zilla panchayat limits, 32 tanks with covering area between 40 acres and 140 acres are under the Minor Irrigation Department and tanks with an area of less than 40 acres are under the technical department of the zilla panchayat.
There are 24 gram panchayats in the taluk, out of which there is acute drinking water crisis in more than 15 gram panchayats because the borewells have dried up.
Villages in drought
Ghantavaripalli grama panchayat: Yetigaddapalli, Puttaparthi, Makireddypalli, Devaraguddipalli, Yelampalli, Pakpatlapalli, Achepalli colony, Lagumaddepalli, Yelampali, Ivarapalli, Mittemari-Putlavaripalli, Chokampalli, Jiganapalli, Chinnaobayagaripalli, Kanagamakapalli-Arigepalli, Kuthakote-Madakavaripalli, Pesalaparthi, Madrahalli, Gorthapalli- D Kothapalli, Billoor-Yegavamiddalu, Boyipalli, Ugranampalli, Babenayakanapalli, Naremaddepalli-Kurumbalapalli, Doddivaripalli, Pulagal-Seethareddypalli, Nallagutlapalli, Palyakere-Peddarajapalli, Chelur-Byrappanahalli, Thimmanapalli-Brahmarahalli, Guttapalya, Mulangichetlapalli, Niravulapalli, Doranalapalli
There are more than 409 handpumps and 367 borewells in 24 gram panchayats of the village. Only 42 borewells and 34 handpumps remain functional in these villages.
There are 50 pipelines connecting 24 gram panchayats and 300 mini drinking water supply centres. The shortage of water supply units in these areas has left the villagers hapless. Already, there is a shortage of fodder along with which the farmers have to struggle to meet the drinking water needs for domestic animals.
Borewells have been dug at a few places but pumpsets have not been fitted and power connections have also not been provided. There have also been speculations about bias in the supply of water.
Sources have revealed that the gram panchayat president and a few influential people favour a few areas to supply water.
Speaking to Deccan Herald, a resident Girijamma said that inspite of borewells being dug five months ago there have been no traces of water supply. Several protests in front of the gram panchayats have yielded no progress.
Government should take steps to take alternative measures in the wake of delayed monsoon, she added.
August 10th, 2012, 09:53 PM
Drinking water crisis leave citizens of Bagepalli taluk hapless
Dry borewells affect 15 Gram Panchayats in taluk
Amidst drought, the delay in the monsoon has aggravated the drinking water crisis in Bagepalli taluk.
Need to interlink few canals in this region?
August 12th, 2012, 08:17 AM
Converting a dust-covered Cyanide Hill into greentop
Govt officers present ideas on growing plants on hill near BGML
The district administration has been suggested to grow plants and shrubs on Cyanide Hill near BGML, to prevent the problems of the citizens due to dust from the hill.
The decision was taken at a seminar in the City recently.
Jayamadhava, special tahsildar, who explained about the problems with a powerpoint presentation, said the administration could use perforated mesh and grow six varieties of plants including pine, rosemary and black mulberry. He also explained scientific methods of utilising the earth on Cyanide Hill.
Munegowda, district forest conservation officer, said, red soil should be spread on the outer surface of the Hill and saplings should be grown. “We have different kinds of plants that grow to a height of 30 to 40 feet.
The soil on Cyanide Hill is soft, and the roots grow easily. Trees like orange and Bellary Jaali (Prosopis juliflora) and various kinds of creepers could be grown on the hill. A vast expansion of such greenery on the hill will prevent dust storms,” he explained.
“Growing plants and trees on Cyanide Hill can be a positive experiment. We have already grown neem on the hill, proving that virtually all species of plants can be grown there. The grass on the lawns near the residential quarters of DAR police too can be grown on the hill,” he added.
Social forestry was carried out on 6,000 acres of land by BGML. But, since the closure of the mines, the forests were systematically stripped, said the DFO. “If the administration division of the mines cooperates with the Forest Department, the social forestry can be rejuvenated.
The company can get crores worth of profit through this step,” he explained.
“The City Municipal Council will take measures to prevent the problems the residents of the City face due to dust storms from Cyanide Hill. If the district administration gives instructions, we are willing to spend any amount of money on the project,” claimed Balachandra, CMC commissioner.
“BGML too has been sent notice to at least three times. But the company administration has said that there is shortage of funds since the closure of the mines to control the spread of dust from the hilltop,” said the officers of the Environment Department.
BGML Employees’ Association members Diwakar, Anandan, Yashwant, K Rajendran and others also spoke on the occasion.
Tahsildar Mangala was the compere.
August 12th, 2012, 08:19 AM
Variety in the rout(in)e life of KSRTC staff
The outdoor and indoor sports events for the officers ad staff of KSRTS Chikkaballapur units was held recently at the Sri M Visvesvaraya district stadium.
The KSRTC staff from workshop division, office division and tailoring division, setting aside their day-to-day routine participated with great enthusiasm.
The hall was gaily decorated with rangoli. Some lent their voice for some mellifluous singing. Participants took part in carrom, bhakti geethe, janapada geethe, extempore speech and musical chairs.
Speaking on the occasion KSRTC Divisional Controller Mallikarjunaiah said the two-day event was held to bring a variety in the routine life of the staff.
The staff of Chikkaballapur, Chintamani, Bagepalli, Gauribidanur and Doddaballapur units participated in the events.
Labour officer Aftab Pasha, Accounts officer Srinivas, Security officer Srinivas and Kannada Action Committee President Srinivas were present on the occasion.
August 12th, 2012, 08:22 AM
Tamaka lacks infrastructure, says Minister Varthur
‘Solve 20-year-old irregularities case of UDA ex-commissioner’
It is not possible to provide infrastructure to Tamaka layout, unless the case on previous Urban Development Authority Commissioner in relation to irregularities is solved, said District In Charge Minister Varthur Prakash.
He was speaking after launching work on Urban Development Authority building at Tamaka Layout, on Saturday.
A case was filed against the previous Commissioner of the Urban Development Authority regarding irregularities in Tamaka layout, constructed in the outskirts of the City, two decades ago.
The Minister has instructed the Deputy Commissioner to solve the case as soon as possible.
“There is high demand for sites of Urban Development Authority Layout in other districts as against in Kolar,” the Minister said.
“Lack of basic facilities here is the main reason for this condition. The officers concerned should work with efficiency and honesty to improve the situation,” he added.
“Construction of the building should be completed within four months. Preference should be given to forming new Layouts. Simultaneously attention should be paid to rejuvenating older layouts. I will try to bring this matter to the notice of the government and Urban Development Minister,” he promised.
Addressing the Assembly Council member Naseer Ahmed, the minister said that he is not opposed to construction of garments industry by Naseer.
The district can be saved from drought only if temporary water projects are implemented in addition to the Yettinahole project, said Legislative Council member D S Veeraiah.
Council member Prof S R Leela was of the opinion that farmers should stop growing Eucalyptus completely.
Another Council member Bharathi Shetty, said that linking of rivers is the solution to water problem.
Union Minister for State for Railways K H Muniyappa, Bangarpet legislator M Narayanaswamy, Kolar Deputy Commissioner D S Vishwanath, District Police Superintendent Ramnivas Sepat, Zilla Panchayat president Manjula, Authority chairman S N Sriram and member Sukanya were among those present at the ceremony.
August 13th, 2012, 08:12 AM
Finally, railway station gets a facelift
Development work has finally begun at the much-neglected railway station in Chikkaballapur.
Work is in progress on the new building adjacent to the old railway station that dates back to British imperial rule in India.
Also, efforts are on to provide basic facilities at the new building. To help passengers, seating arrangements have been created on the grounds of the station.
“Finally, the railway station is being upgraded.
Also, the authorities have assured that the construction of the new building will be completed without causing much inconvenience to passengers,” said a retired government school employee of Chikkaballapur, Sitaram Acharya.
Also, railway authorities have taken great care to ensure that the construction work does not damage the old railway station that belongs to the colonial period, he added.
August 13th, 2012, 08:14 AM
State government urged to open Antaragange University
New varsity will help solve many problems, say ministers
Ministers and legislators who attended the inauguration of the District Confederation of Private College Administrative Boards called upon the State government to open a university at Antaragange.
The inaugural programme was organised at the T Chennayya Rangamandira on Saturday.
Union Minister of State for Railways K H Muniyappa, District in-charge Minister R Varthur Prakash, Members of Legislative Council Naseer Ahmed and Y A Narayanaswamy and former member V R Sudarshan, who attended, felt that Bangalore University should be bifurcated to establish a new university that would control colleges in Kolar and Chikkaballapur
districts and surrounding areas.
“Every district should have its own university. A new bill should be proposed in this regard. We had also brought the matter several times to the notice of the government,” said Sudarshan.
“The new post-graduate centre building of the Bangalore University has been under construction for several years now, but does not seem ready to see the light of the day yet. The multiple controversies surrounding the building have forced hundreds of students to continue attending classes in dilapidated rooms in buildings similar to godowns. The Bangalore University, however, continues to turn a blind eye towards this matter,” said the former MLC.
Varthur Prakash added that students from the districts are forced to travel all the way till Bangalore to correct minor mistakes in their marks cards. “A new university for the region will alleviate several problems of students,” he said.
Union Minister K H Muniyappa and District In-charge Minister Varthur Prakash no doubt shared the dais during the inauguration of the District Confederation of Private College Administrative Boards on Saturday. The ministers were also seated next to each other during the programme.
But, being political rivals, they were visibly uncomfortable with the seating. All through the programme, they did not utter a word to each other, and did not even look at each other.
Also, when Muniyappa was invited on stage by the organisers, everybody on the dais, except Varthur, rose in respect.
Confederation president T S Ramesh, vice-president V Narayanaswamy, treasurer Usha Gangadhar and secretary V Manjula were on the dais.
K R Pillappa was the master of ceremony.
August 14th, 2012, 09:43 AM
Siddaghatta relives heady days of freedom fight
Siddaghatta village in Mulbagal taluk continues to bask in the golden memories of the struggle for Independence.
Thanks to freedom fighter V Munivenkategowda and his family, a collection of photographs and memorabilia of pre-Independence India are now open to view by the public.
Rare photographs from those days constitute a major segment of the collection, especially from the Quit India Movement which Munivenkategowda had participated in at Bangarpet, along with M V Krishnappa, another prominent figure.
Photos of the freedom fighters, a box used to keep bullets and a gun, swords given by the Maharaja and other objects will also be on display.
Holdings left over from Munivenkategowda’s grandfather, Venkategowda Patel, an important patron of social services in the latter half of the 19th century, are also part of the rare collection.
In 1895, the Maharaja of Mysore, Krishnaraja Wodeyar, sent Venkategowda a marriage invitation along with a personal letter, asking him to attend the event. This invitation has been preserved by family members as an heirloom.
Almost a decade later, Wodeyar, who planned to visit Tirupathi, decided to meet Venkategowda.
In a letter dated August 24, 1907, sent via a tahsildar, the Maharaja penned the following instructions for Venkategowda: Wear a ‘panche’ (dhoti) with a border and a ‘rumalu’ (headgear). Don’t wear slippers.
In addition, the honourable guest, the Mahraja, should be presented with a piece of clothing and a sum of Rs two. This letter has been still preserved in the family treasury.
Venkategowda used to collect tax from the surrounding villages.
He was engaged in various social and religious activities and had donated about three acres of land for the construction of the famous Venugopalaswamy Temple in Siddaghatta village.
Even today, this land is in the maintenance of the temple, according to contractor and advocate S M Munishamegowda, a member of the family.
August 15th, 2012, 09:33 AM
Reminiscences of a freedom fighter
Freedom fighters from Bagepalli played a prominent role in the freedom movement. Some underwent imprisonment and others even sacrificed their lives.
Some entered into the pages of history, while others reminisce their days of glory.
Among those freedom fighters is N V Krishnamachar of Niragattipalli village. The patriot who underwent months of imprisonment during the pre-independence days is active even today.
The son of Venkataramachari and Narasamma, he had his early education at Government Higher Primary School in Acchepalli village and completed his high school in Chintamani.
Following the call from Mahatma Gandhi, he became involved in the freedom movement.
“There was no discrimination of any kind in the freedom movement. Everyone responded to the call given by Gandhi and joined in the struggle. I too was inspired”, he recalls.
People supported the movement, if not monetarily, than by joining in the struggle. It was not just lip service. We went enthusiastically wherever we were called for protests, he said.
“On the midnight that freedom was declared, there was celebration that whole night. We, who were undergoing imprisonment in Bangalore Central jail were released four days later and we returned to out village.
Krishnamachar said he attended the summer camp held at Hindupur in Andhra Pradesh.
His friends Appaswamy Reddy, Sangathoori Vidwan Vishwam, Kaleshwara Rao, Muniraju also participated. Krishnamachar is disappointed at the present day politics of self interest and casteism. “After independence, the rich have become richer and poorer have become poorer. I feel sad when I see people living in huts,” he says.
“We had great dreams for an independent India, free from oppression and exploitation. However, years after independence our dreams have faded,” he adds.
August 15th, 2012, 09:36 AM
Six freedom fighters of S’ghatta still with us
Pensions are currently is being given to just 38 freedom fighters in the taluk. Out of them, 32 have passed away, resulting in the pensions going to their wives.
The pension amount is Rs 4,000 per month at the current time. Except for this detail, no other information available with the taluk administration. Even names of the freedom fighters and their details cannot be found here.
When a freedom fighter passes away, his wife is entitled to recieve the pension. But if the spouse passes away then no other family member is entitled to recieve the pension.
In such cases, the pension amount is stopped and the beneficiary’s name is deleted from the list.
“Some time ago, one could see many freedom fighters wearing ‘khadi’ and the ‘Gandhi topi’ during Independence Day celebrations.
As there are so few freedom fighters left now, they should be recongnised and honoured for their contribution in freeing India.
There is also a need to make students learn more about them and their ideologies” said V Iyer, a resident of Shidlaghatta.
In the taluk the surviving freedom fighters are: Changalrao of Bacchahalli, Narayanappa of Kottanur, Narayanappa of Cowdasandra, G Nagappa, K Suryanarayanappa and K Muniyappa of Mallur village — all have continued to receive pensions directly.
August 16th, 2012, 10:23 AM
Varthur promises Cauvery water to Kolar
A Rs 100-crore project proposal to irrigate Ammerahalli tank ready
A Rs 100-crore project to supply Cauvery water to the parched Kolar city is in the pipeline, according to district in-charge minister R Varthur Prakash.
Speaking after unfurling the national flag at the Independence Day celebrations here on Wednesday, Prakash said he had promised to flow Cauvery water to Kolar during last Assembly election and the days of fulfilling the promise were nearing.
Cauvery water collects near Hoodi in Bangalore where a storage tank will be constructed. Water will be flown to Ammerahalli tank in Kolar from the tank, Varthur said.
The minister said a Rs 63-crore action plan had been prepared to tackle water scarcity in Kolar district and hoped that the problem would be resolved with the implementation of the plan.
The widening of MB Road will be completed in about two months and the work on widening the stretch between Domelight Circle and Clock Tower will also be completed at the earliest.
The minister said as many as 1,000 leakages had been plugged to ensure water supply to the city and calling tenders for the work would have meant delay in executing the task.
“I am spending my money for the project so that the water scarcity can be tackled at the earliest. I will receive the money from the government later,” Varthur said.
He said his detractors had no right to question the source of money being spent on water supply project. “They are the ones who siphoned off public money by creating fake bills while in power,” Varthur retorted.
The minister said it had been planned to ensure that the residents get water supply once every two days. He attributed the pathetic state of concrete roads in the city to councillors executing the work as contractors. He said there was no point in proceeding against them.
Speaking after unfurling the tricolour in Chikkaballapur, district in-charge minister A Narayanaswamy said, the city, though 60 km away from Bangalore, lacked infrastructural facilities. He said the government had taken steps to address the problem.
The Rs 8,000-crore project is being implemented to tackle water scarcity in the district, he said.
Narayanaswamy said facilities were not reaching people on account of corrupt system. He said efforts should be directed at curbing corruption in society.
August 17th, 2012, 08:27 AM
Varthur ‘evading’ High Court notice on Yaragol plea
PIL filed in June 2011 sought direction to expedite water project
The district in-charge minister Varthur Prakash, who has been accusing the Union government of obstructing the Yaragol irrigation project, appears to be evading the notice issued by the High Court in a public interest litigation challenging the delay in executing the project.
The notice issued by the High Court on three occasions has returned unserved saying that the minister was not available at the Vidhana Soudha. Human Relevant Research Institution, District Bar Association, Kolar and Forum For Public Cause and Public Grievance filed a public interest litigation on June 7, 2011, seeking a direction to the government for implementing the project.
The chief secretary to government, principal secretaries to Housing and Urban Development Department, Irrigation Department, secretary to Union Ministry of Environment and Forests, managing director of Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board, deputy commissioner, Kolar, city municipality, Kolar, commissioner of Kolar Urban Development Authority, K H Muniyappa, the Lok Sabha member from the district and R Varthur Prakash, the district in-charge minister, have been arrayed as respondents in the petition.
According to the petition, the Yaragol project, which would supply water to Kolar, Malur, Bangarpet and 43 villages was launched on August 28, 2006. The Union government released Rs 79 crore for the project on March 19, 2007. The State government on August 22, 2007 granted financial and administrative approval for the Rs 160-crore project.
However, the project has not proceeded, except for laying pipelines, the petition says.
No permanent solution
The public representatives and the officers have been dithering to find a permanent solution to the drinking water problem by delaying the project.
The State government has failed to comply with Article 47 of the Constitution while the local bodies have a nexus with private water suppliers thus delaying the project. The expensive equipment purchased for the project had been rusting, the petitioners have said.
Union Minister K H Muniyappa has received the notice issued by the court, but is yet to file his reply. But district in-charge minister Varthur Prakash has not received the notice, said M Shivaprakash, the counsel for the petitioners.
The Division Bench comprising Justices Shylendra Kumar and Pinto, has expressed its displeasure over the minister not receiving the notice and has ordered to issue notices through all modes (post, courier, speed post and personal). The matter was heard on August 8, Shivaprakash said.
August 21st, 2012, 09:32 AM
Rs 100 crore financial help for dist: Varthur
Aid to backward classes in Kolar detailed during Devaraj Urs commemoration
The State government has set a rare standard by providing the district with financial assistance amounting to Rs 100 crore. Textile and Kolar District in-charge Minister Varthur Prakash .He added that a reserve of Rs 1,000 crore has been kept for the benefit of backward communities.
Varthur praised ex-chief minister D Devaraj Urs for helping members of the backward classes and minority communities to join the mainstream society.
“The 20-point programme introduced by former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was implemented for the first time in the State during Urs’ tenure. The former chief minister had worked to improve the status and conditions of the economically and socially-backward classes and minorities,” he explained.
The statements were made while Varthur presided over a programme organised by the district administration, the Zilla Panchayat, the Backward Class Welfare Department and the Devaraj Urs Backward Class Development Board at T Chennayya Rangamandira on Monday.
The programme had been held to commemorate the 97th birth anniversary of former chief minister D Devaraj Urs.
Prakash lamented that a hall had not been built to commemorate Urs’ memory and instructed the Deputy Commissioner, D S Vishwanath, to obtain the necessary funds for the work.
Union Minister of State for Railways K H Muniyappa, who inaugurated the programme, said that the Union government will immediately release funds for work in benefit of the backward classes and minority communities if the State government provides security.
“Two meetings have already been organised to discuss assistance for the work. The grants will be released quicker if Minister Prakash brings up the matter in the Cabinet meeting,” said Muniyappa.
When asked about the drinking water problem in the district, Muniyappa said Kolar and Chikkaballapur districts would get up to Rs 1,000 crore from the Union government for desilting and rejuvenating the tanks.
Zilla Panchayat president Manjula Venkatesh, vice-president Harish, standing committee president S B Munivenkatappa, chief executive officer Rajendra Cholan and Additional Deputy Commissioner R S Peddappaiah were also present at the programme.
August 22nd, 2012, 09:43 AM
5 years after CB Pur became a dist, Nandi fest still a non-event
Five years after the district of Chikkaballapur was formed, the district is yet to witness Nandi Utsav, a district festival promised to its citizens.
Chikballapur District was created out of Kolar District on August 23, 2007. It was carved out of the existing Kolar district by moving the taluks of Gauribidanur, Gudibande, Bagepalli, Chikkaballapur, Sidlaghatta and Chintamani into the new district. The office of the Deputy Commissioner, Chikkaballapur district was also opened on the same day.
Chikkaballapur is the district headquarters of the newly created district. The town is approximately 50 km north of Bangalore. The north-south National Highway-7 passes through the town.
The town has a bus depot, railway station, and is the origin of several national highways.
It is a key transport link in North Bangalore. The town is within 3 km of Muddenahalli, the birthplace of eminent engineer and statesman Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya and its nearby town Kanivenarayanapura.
The sites of the upcoming Sri Sathya Sai Baba University and College of Medicine, IIT Muddenhalli, Rs 600 crore Visvesvaraya Institute of Advanced Technology, 200-acre Special Economic Zone comprising commercial and residential zones, and a Rs 70 crore "Silk City" are located here. As a result of this rapid development, land prices in the area are at an all time high. Nandi Hills is situated nearby and within the jurisdiction of Chikkaballapur taluk. Many historic temples are situated in and near this town. Nandi Hills or Nandi Durga is located in Chikkaballapur taluk and is just 5 km away.
But all is not fair and square. There are several issues to be resolved. Among them is illegal sand mining. Since illegal sand and mining transportation has been banned throughout the district, it has become difficult to utilise the sand for local purposes also. Mines and Geology Department need to identify ways and means to
address the problem immediately.
Four years after the district came into existence, the State government and the district administration provided the citizens with three new buildings.
The three buildings are –– the Red Cross Blood Bank at the District Hospital, a building for the Regional Transport Office near Chitravathi and a building for the district prisons near Anakanuru village.
Every year on the foundation day of the district there are a few celebrations scattered across the district organised by cultural associations.
But the promise of a major district festival, the Nandi Utsav, is yet to see the light of the day. Every year the festival which has been proposed by the District Administration and the State government has been postponed year after year for some reason or the other.
Last year district in-charge minister Dr Mumtaz Ali Khan had said that the Utsav would be observed in a unique manner and even invited suggestions from public for the success of the event. Even the Committees were constituted for specific tasks. But at the last moment for some unknown reason, the festival never took place.
August 23rd, 2012, 09:48 AM
Chikkaballapur turns five today
The joy of being part of a new district is fading away among residents
Today, is a very special day in the history of Chikkaballapur district. It was exactly on August 23, 2007, that the new district of Chikkaballapur was carved out from Kolar, fulfilling the long cherished dream of the people of the region.
Six taluks-Chikkaballapur, Gudibande, Gauribidanur, Shidlaghatta, Chintamani and Bagepalli become part of the new district which was a culmination of decades of agitation. However, the joy ends there.
Though five years is not a significant period in the history of a district, sufficient development work could have been done. However, till today, most of the government offices function from private buildings lacking their own building. Most of the employees including officials commute everyday from Bangalore and have not shifted to the city. The only respite being construction of District prison and RTO.
Most of the residents feel that the district has been neglected by the successive governments and the elected representatives. The enthusiasm of being in a new district is fast fading away in them. Many residents felt that Ramanagara district, which was created during the same time was way ahead of Chikkaballapur in implementing development project and receiving funds.
The district is facing acute drinking water crisis and lacks permanent irrigation. People in cities as wells in the rural areas are severely affected by the drought. Many people, however, feel had the government taken necessary steps and provided funds, Chikkaballapur could have emerged as a model district. One cannot also overlook the rampant corruption in the government offices leading to the swindling of money.
Though many district in-charge ministers and Deputy Commissioners have come and gone, the district remains same with little development.
However, there is no dearth of promises and assurances from the politicians from both State and Centre. Most of them make a customary beeline to the district during elections and harp about the development activities to be implemented by them or their supporters, said farmers’ leader B N Munikrishnappa. He added that politicians were so polarised in their attitude to their supporters and party that they claim that the district could only be developed by them and hence people should only vote them to power. How can one expect honesty and dedication from such politicians, he questioned.
It is a tragedy that the moment people hear about Chikkaballapur, they think of water-starved region with rapid depleting groundwater, he added. It has almost become impossible to get rid of the ‘drought-prone’ tag.
August 27th, 2012, 10:11 AM
Rain gratifies arid Earth in Chikkaballapur
The summer, as usual, meant shortage of water, but if the condition continued even during monsoon it meant a bleak future.
Distraught by the acute drought that struck the district, the citizens have found a new breath of life in the showers.
Daily work continues as usual, but there is a spring in the steps of the people, brought about by the rain. The fragrance of the wet soil and the breeze only complement the showers.
The rain has finally arrived, albeit a little late. Farmers are not complaining, but prefer to feel relieved than angry. In the towns and also Chikkaballapur City, residents just hope the rainwater does not fill up the potholes on the streets and make life hell for them.
Staff members of the Health Department are wary of stagnant rainwater leading to mosquito attacks and epidemics and are striving to spread awareness among the public.
The delay in monsoon and the rapid drying up of borewells had given rise to virtual panic among the citizens. They had started to undertake all kinds of prayers and conventions to appease the rain gods, praying for the annual rain.
That the gods opted to listen to them has indeed gratified the people of Chikkaballapur.
“The drought in the district during the last year and a half had not only frightened us, but also made us extremely unhappy. Now that it has rained, we have breathed a sigh of relief, since it means good news for both drinking water supply and agricultural activities,” said N M Chandrakanth, speaking to Deccan Herald.
He said the Agriculture Department officers are ensuring farmers are provided information and necessary help to carry out work on the fields in the backdrop of good rain even as farmers have commenced on ploughing and sowing with enthusiasm.
“The only people who are worrying a little are the residents in the urban areas. The condition roads that are already in poor shape will be affected further by heavy rain. But the city administration is taking no steps to ensure there will be no such problems as they have not repaired any of the dilapidated roads,” Chandrakanth said with a sense of disappointment.
August 28th, 2012, 09:19 AM
Teacher keeps ‘burra katha’ alive
As a medium to keep memories of a community and a transmitter of cultural tradition, ‘burra katha’, a folk narrative art, has been kept alive for the next generations by a teacher and his troupe of a hamlet, H Gollahalli, in the taluk.
V Venkatamuniyappa, has pursued the folk art to educate people on legends, myths and epics through ‘burra katha’.
Born on April 6, 1946, the artiste began his profession as teacher in 1968. However, the influence of his uncle, who was also a ‘burra katha’ artiste honoured by the erstwhile king of the Mysore Princely State, proved an indelible influence on the young teacher. He also inherited the cultural heritage from his father and continued to bridge cultures of Karnakata and Andhra Pradesh through his translation of the folk narratives in Kannada and Telugu.
He has translated Telugu drams, mystic poems and vachanas into Kannada. Besides, he has appealed to the secular sensibilities of the modern day audience by adopting biographies of Kaivara Narayana Yatindra, one of the makers of the Constitution Dr B R Ambedkar, 12th century social reformer Basaveshwara, freedom fighter Kitturu Chennamma and writer DVG into ‘burra katha’.
His interest in the folk culture and literature goes beyond the narrative art. He has a collection of antiques which includes articles used by kings and laymen of yesteryears at the Yogi Narayana Janapada Kala Academy.
A multi-faceted talent, Munivenkatappa has also participated in the Asian games as well as various awareness programmes organised at the State and national levels. He has earned recognition for performing other folk art forms such as ‘venu kunita’, ‘pandaribhajane’, ‘lavani’, ‘kolata’, ‘kavali’, and drama.
With a concern to keep the tradition alive for the generations to come, he has been training youths interested in these folk arts.
His endeavours have secured him national senior citizen award; president medal for census work and the state-level best teacher award in 1993, the Karnataka Janapada Yakshagana Academy award in 1998 and the national-level best teacher award in 2003.
August 29th, 2012, 01:18 PM
Kolar now game for sports
Aspirants show more interest in athletics; train hard at district stadium
It seems sporting glory is soon going to be back in the district. Kolar was in the forefront of athletics in the 70s and 80s and there was a lull thereafter.
The district stadium has come alive with more than 30 male and female athletes being involved in practice sessions, under the guidance of a coach.
Athletes, however, have to jostle for space with youth playing cricket in the stadium.
C N Avinash of Chikkahasala in the taluk had won the fourth place in the K A Nettakallappa state-level marathon held in June.
He also won the second prize in the 1500 metre race at the State-level athletics championship in 2011. R Harish of Gandhinagar in the city won the third place in the 400 metre race of the state junior athletics championship held in July.
He won the second place in the 4x100 metre relay of the state athletics championship held in December 2011.
Similarly, a number of other athletes have won prizes in various events of the championship. People in the city are of the feeling that all this has been possible because of the quality training that the budding sportspersons are getting.
P L Shankarappa, the district athletics trainer of the department of youth services and sports, has been training the youth in the morning and evening at the district stadium. The scene has changed after Shankarappa started training the boys and girls.
People recall that trainers Lingappa and David Prakash gave similar training to those interested in the 80s.
They say that the department of youth services and sports and the district administration should contribute to taking forward this enthusiasm.
Shankarappa says encouragement by parents and teachers goes a long way in identifying talent and motivating them to train.
August 29th, 2012, 07:43 PM
KIADB is inviting tenders under two cover systems for providing consultancy services to Preparation of Detailed Project Report for the following Proposed New Industrial Areas in the state of Karnataka.
Source: eproc.karnataka.gov.in (https://eproc.karnataka.gov.in/eprocurement/common/eproc_tenders_list.seam)
August 30th, 2012, 06:29 PM
September 3rd, 2012, 09:06 AM
Kolar needs to be developed: Muniyappa
Officials asked to draw up plan on Ring Road to boost connectivity
The district needs to be developed as an alternative city to Bangalore as the Garden City has expanded up to Hoskote, which is just 30 km away from Kolar, said Union Minister of Railways K H Muniyappa.
He asked the authorities concerned to plan a ring road to the city as it will eventually help in connecting the city to the State capital.
Participating in a meeting of the PWD, ZP and Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana executive engineers here on Saturday, the minister asked the officials to prepare a plan to have a ring road from near Antaragange Betta connecting Chintamani and Srinivaspur road.
He also asked the officials to ensure beautification of the city by widening roads and providing the best infrastructure in terms of laying scientific drains and such.
The officials were directed to prevent polluted water from entering Kolaramma tank and plan for a park near the tank with boatlakes and a track for joggers. A meeting will be convened next week to discuss the issue.
Under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana, roads will be laid in villages where the population is 2,000 and those with one thousand population, will also have roads in the second phase, he added.
As per the project, nine villages of Kolar and seven villages in Chikkaballapur will be covered under the project. At least Rs 10 lakh (Rs 5 lakh each from PWD and ZP) will be provided towards laying of roads, if proposal is submitted, he said.
Under the Namma Grama Namma Road project, Antara Gange road (2 km stretch) will be developed and protective walls will be built to ensure safety. To develop Chelur-Chintamani road, the Karnataka Road Development Corporation has granted Rs 280 crore.
Besides, roads of historically-significant places will also be developed - Nandi-Sompura stretch till Kolar, from Mulbagal Virupaksha temple stretch to Avani, Bangaru Tirupathi and Bethamangala road, Rampura-Punganur road, from Rajpet, Kolar Gold Fields to Bagepalli road and Kurudumale to Vijayapura road.
He asked the officials to prepare an estimate in this regard and submit it in a week.
September 4th, 2012, 06:07 AM
Scania Commercial Vehicles India has laid the foundation stone for its new industrial plant in Narasapura, Bangalore, which will assemble trucks and buses for the Indian market.
Scania holds ground-breaking ceremony for its assembly plant for trucks and buses in India. The ground-breaking ceremony was held at the manufacturing site in Narasapura. The new plant will feature a completely knocked-down (CKD) assembly unit for truck and bus chassis, along with planned bodybuilding of city buses and coaches. The facility has been specially designed to be in line with the global standards of the Scania Group.
Henrik Fagrenius, Managing Director, Scania Commercial Vehicles India, laid the foundation stone for the new plant. Sivakumar Viswam, Director Sales, Suresh Ekambaram, Director After Sales and Stefan Wiklund, Director Finance were also part of the ground-breaking ceremony.
The new plant demonstrates Scania’s commitment to India. Scania plans to invest INR 2.5 billion (SEK 322 million) in the new production facility over the next year and will employ up to 800 people in this facility over the next five years. The CKD plant will be constructed on an area of about 140,000 m2, and the first rollout of trucks and buses is expected in early next year.
TAGS: Scania, open, Indian, plant
September 5th, 2012, 09:09 AM
Kolar, Sep 4, 2012, DHNS:
The setup of a waste collection and treatment plant near Vakkaleri hobli at Arabhikottanur began on Monday, amid tight security, as the project has come under stiff opposition from locals.
After borders were marked out, a compound wall began to take shape. Law enforcement authorities, meantime, adopted Section 144 of the Indian Penal Code, to take steps to prevent the citizenry from blocking construction.
The plant will take shape on five acres of land (survey no 52), located a kilometre from Arabhikottanur village. The location was identified by the City Municipal Council and the land was acquired through the deputy commissioner’s office.
Residents of Arabhikottanur and surrounding villages, however, fear that the plant will interfere with the local silk industry. So when news of the compund wall spread, many residents gathered at the site and began to harrass workers. Only after police intervention were tempers calmed.
The Nirmithi Centre has been given the responsibility of constructing thecompound and workers’ rooms. Some Rs 46.20 lakh has been released for this purpose.
To ensure security, the deputy commissioner has assembled a force, including: a DSP, three Circle Inspectors, six Sub-Inspectors, six probationary Sub-Inspectors, six assistant Sub-Inspectors, six women constables, 20 head constables, 40 constables and two individuals from the district reserve police force.
September 7th, 2012, 10:11 AM
Victory at last for farmers in Karnataka
HAPPY END: Farmers, along with the former Chairman of the Legislative Council V.R. Sudarshan staging a road blockade at Vemgal on Wednesday demanding more compensation for the farmers whose land had been acquired for setting up an industrial area.
The State Cabinet’s approval on Thursday to enhance the compensation to Rs. 35 lakh per acre of land acquired for setting up an industrial area at Vemgal in Kolar taluk has brought the curtains down on the tussle between the farmers and the Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board (KIADB). The farmers, whose lands had been acquired, were protesting against the proposed compensation of Rs. 29 lakh per acre. They had conducted many agitations, including a Vemgal bandh and roadblock on Wednesday, a day before the Cabinet took a decision in favour of the farmers.
As many as 616 acres of land has been acquired at Kurugal, Harjenahalli, Singehalli and Perjenahalli in Vemgal hobli for the purpose. In contrast to the fervent protests by people against land acquisition in several parts of the State, the Vemgal and Kurugal gram panchayats had unanimously resolved to give 666 acres of land to set up the industrial area. V.R. Sudarshan, former Chairman of the Legislative Council, who was among the prominent leaders in the forefront of the struggle to get more compensation, on Thursday welcomed the decision of the government. While congratulating the State government for “safeguarding the interest of farmers”, Mr. Sudarshan urged the KIADB to hasten the process of distributing relief to the farmers. “The government should accord priority to set up agro-based industries in the region,” he said in a press release. Jobs should be given to one person each from the family of a farmer who loses land, he added. Mr. Sudarshan remembered the cooperation of district in-charge Minister Varthur Prakash in taking up the issue with the government
Victory for struggle
Farmers Kurugal Ramesh and Singahalli Muddappa claimed the Cabinet decision as a victory for the relentless struggle of the people of the area.
September 10th, 2012, 08:55 AM
New hospital to come up at CB Pur soon
Three-storey building will have 160 beds, but choice of site angers residents
A long-standing demand by residents for a quality hospital has finally material- ised. A new Rs 22.24 crore hospital wiill be to built on the site of the proposed bus stand.
The State government approved the district administration’s proposal and work on the project is expected to begin soon, sources said. But controversy erupted over the adminstration’s selection of land.
Residents said that if the hospital is built where the bus stand was proposed, not only would it come up in a congested area, but that it would obstruct the future expansion of the building.
Despite these concerns, the Health and Family Welfare department decided to proceed with the project, and Secretary Dr E V Ramanareddy and his colleagues visited the site. Officials, however, admitted that the choice of the site has altered the framework of the original project.
Instead of building a 200-bed four-storey hopsital on an area of 4.28 acres, the department plans to build a 165-bed, three-storey building. Construction work has been entrusted to a Bangalore-based firm, KBR Infrateck. During his visit to the project site in March, Ramanareddy added that existing hospital will be upgraded as a hospital for women and children.
Several organisations and residents expressed displeasure at the change to the new hospital, and submitted a memorandum to ministers and the senior officials concerned.
“Hospitals have been built on vast tracts of land in Tumkur, Mandya and Mysore districts.
These hospitals are well-equipped and have enough space for a garden which provide caretakers to sit with patients and relax. The extra space also helps accommodate the sudden rush of patients in emergency cases. People will not be helped by a hospital which does not have space for extra beds,” said Yaluvahalli Sonnegowda, the convenor of the Spandana Samiti.
September 11th, 2012, 02:02 PM
Mulbagal taluk chosen for water security pilot project
Its aim is to manage and conserve water resources
Mulbagal taluk in Kolar district is one of the places selected for the implementation of the Centrally sponsored National Drinking Water Security Pilot Project (NDWSPP). It is aimed at developing water resources and creating proper system for supplying drinking water to rural areas.
The National Drinking Water Security Pilot Project will put in place a proper system for supplying drinking water to rural areas.
Mulbagal is one of the 15 blocks in 10 States across the country where the project will be implemented.
Mulbagal is the only place in Karnataka where the project will be implemented on an experiment basis.
Besides Mulbagal, the other places where the pilot project will be launched are: Gorantala, Moothe and Pileru in Andhra Pradesh, Kheralu in Gujarat, Khital in Haryana, Piploda and Rampur Bagelan in Madhya Pradesh, Varud and Morshi in Maharashtra, Dhuri in Punjab, Raipur in Rajasthan, Dharmapuri in Tamil Nadu, and Mouranipur and Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh.
According to Deputy Commissioner D.S. Vishwanath, the Panchayat Development Officers (PDOs) in 30 gram panchayats in Mulbagal taluk have been instructed to prepare a plan for conservation of water resources and its proper management.
He said that engaging the local community in conservation and management of water resources is one of the aims of the pilot project. Besides that, stress will also be laid on maintaining a clean environment, and management and processing of waste in select villages.
In order to implement the National Drinking Water Security Pilot Project, assistance whenever needed would be sought of authorities implementing the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, Integrated Watershed Development Programme and National Rural Drinking Water Project.
September 14th, 2012, 08:41 AM
Now, plan to promote sandalwood in Kolar
Focus on discouraging water-consuming eucalyptus plantations in the district: DC
The district administration will launch a campaign to promote cultivation of sandalwood as an alternative to eucalyptus in the drought-hit district.
Deputy Commissioner Dr D S Vishwanath said here on Thursday that as many as 500 saplings could be planted in a hectare of land and it would fetch a huge income of Rs 1.75 crore if harvested over a period of 15 years.
He was addressing a press meet after taking part in a meeting on promoting sandalwood. The Karnataka Soaps and Detergents Limited will purchase the sandalwood, the deputy commissioner added.
Dr Vishwanath said that eucalyptus absorbs water in its vicinity and hence cannot be encouraged in Kolar, reeling under acute water scarcity. Ground water table has depleted alarmingly in the district.
“Farmers should shun water-intensive crop and shift over to water-conserving crops. Viewed in this backdrop, sandalwood is both nature-friendly and profitable,” the DC said.
A workshop for farmers to disseminate information on promoting sandalwood will be held in Kolar on September 25 and about 200 farmers will be invited from each taluk.
The participants will be given five sandalwood saplings at Re one each and it had been planned to disburse one lakh saplings. Interested farmers should register their names under the programme, he said.
The DC disclosed that apart from sandalwood, gooseberry, jamun and chikku were in great demand in the market and it was being planned to set up an exclusive nursery for such saplings.
Dr Vishwanath said the district administration had launched a project to desilt tanks and committees had been constituted to take up the task. “A tank in each taluk is being selected in the first phase. Amanikere in Kolar, Alangur Sakalakuntekere in Mulbagal taluk, Mugalabelekere in Bangarpet, Doddakere in Sundarapalya of KGF, Doddakere in Malur and Kurigepallikere in Srinivaspur taluk have been identified for desilting. The development of ponds is also being taken up simultaneously.”
A team headed by the tahsildar will conduct a survey of the forests of the Antaragange hill range. However, the activities being undertaken in the land already allotted will not be stopped. Devotees had been prohibited from bathing in the water coming out from the mouth of the Basava (ox) at the Eshwara temple of Antaragange.
The water shall be utilised only for drinking purposes and the Nirmiti Kendra had been asked to take suitable steps in this regard, the deputy commissioner disclosed.
Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer S M Zulfikarulla and Deputy Conservator of Forests Munegowda were present in the press meet.
September 23rd, 2012, 09:31 AM
Divine pond adorns summit of hill
Visitors are most likely to find something unique in all the prominent places of pilgrimage and tourist spots of Chikkaballapur taluk.
The Bhoganandishwara temple in the heart of the taluk has two pushkarnis (kalyanis) or holy ponds which draw the attention of the devotees and visitors. This temple is perhaps the finest and the most ornate Dravidian temples in Karnataka.
The Ranganatha Swamy temple, or Rangasthala as it is locally known, about five km west of downtown in Thippenahalli, off the State Highway to Gauribidanur has a splendid stone statue of Vishnu. The three pushkarnis found here have been neglected.
Channarayaswamy Betta, also known as Channagiri, next to Nandi Hills, has a kalyani on the top of a hill. Though Nandi Hills is the origin of the Arkavathi river, it is the stream from Channaraya-swamy Betta that is a major feeder of the river.
Nandi Hills has a motorable road to the summit, but Channarayaswamy Betta does not even have a foot trail, and devotees and trekkers have to negotiate bushes and boulders on the way up. Doddarayappanahalli serves as a base camp to go atop the hill, a climb of two kilometres.
The pushkarni atop the hill has been shaped out of the rocks and the water is found here throughout the year. During the rainy season, the water appears clear, but the rest of the year it is greenish due to the moss.
Elders of the taluk have interesting stories to tell about Channarayaswamy temple. It is not definitely known when this temple was built along with the pushkarni.
Hundreds of years ago the palegars who ruled this regions as well as the devotees were mystified with the hills and built temple, forts and other structures on top.
Therefore on most hills in Chikkaballapur one can find a temple or some other structure. People visit less frequently to Channarayaswamy Betta as it is quite high.
Great efforts have to be made to reach the top. Therefore it is more greener. There is also water in the pushkarni throughout the year.
September 24th, 2012, 08:17 AM
This high school leads border villages on path to progress
The government high school has brought fame to Pulagurkote on Karnataka-Andhra Pradesh border for several reasons, including socio-cultural changes
ushered in by the high school in several surrounding villages.
S Mahadevamma, Headmistress of the school, has been the driving force behind several progressive moves initiated by the high school.
In the taluk, densely populated by Telugu-speakers, Mahadevamma and her colleagues have imbibed among students a love for Kannada.
Such is the influence that students from Peramachalapalli, Kottindlu and other villages of Andhra Pradesh are studying in the school.
Mahadevamma from Halesosale village of T Narasipura taluk in Mysore has secured degrees in Master of Arts, Masters in Education and Master of Philosophy. Before passing the Karnataka Education Service (KES) examination two years ago, she served a school in Bangalore for eight years.
When she began her service here, not many girls were admitted to the school due to the taboos and widely held ignorance about the need for education. Mahadevamma, with the help of her colleagues, counselled parents and convinced them of the necessity of sending girls to school. Encouraged by her, parents today are eager to provide even higher education for their daughters.
Another significant change the school witnessed in the last two years is the involvement of community in its development. Residents have extended financial assistance and infrastructural facilities such as loudspeakers, utensils for kitchen and water tank.
Mahadevamma even extended school hours to evening and night to help slow learners, though the school is situated on the outskirts of the poorly lit village. The efforts are evident in the 97 per cent result the school has secured in SSLC examination.
Humble and shy of publicity, Mahadevamma thanks Block Education Officer Mohammed Khaleel, education officers, teachers and the local elected representatives for their co-operation.
September 27th, 2012, 07:23 AM
K Narasimhamurthy, Kolar, Sep 26, 2012, DHNS :
Office gets a new, artistic look, thanks to Nirmiti Kendra
Office of the deputy commissioner is set to develop a garden using rainwater harvested on its premises.
The project, envisaged to conserve and use water economically, will serve as a model for other departments and citizens, said Deputy Commissioner Dr D S Vishwanath.
Slogans on conservation of water will be painted on the compound walls of the office while statues of a woman and a man carrying a pot have been installed in the garden. The work of art conveys the need for harvesting rainwater.
The Deputy Commissioner’s office premises, which used to be clean only during national festivals, now wears a new look with the artworks and models of the rainwater harvesting enlivening it.
The project, which is estimated to cost Rs five lakh, is being executed by Zilla Nirmiti Kendra.
A fence of iron grills have been put up and ground is prepared to lay lawn and plant saplings.
“The rainwater harvested will be used to water the garden,” said the deputy commissioner.
The work that began in August this year, is expected to be complete by November.
Drought and water
Vishwanath said: “Given the perennial drought situation and scarcity of rainfall, conserving every single drop of water is significant.
Harvesting rainwater in individual houses and offices will help in addressing problem of water scarcity.”
October 20th, 2012, 01:37 PM
Delegation Led by Sri K H Muniyappa met CM
Delegation Led by Sri K H Muniyappa, Honble Union Ministere for State Railways Submitted Memorandum to Chief minister Sri Jagadish Shettar. Regarding Drinking Water for Kolar and Chikballapur district.
October 24th, 2012, 08:21 AM
The Ministry of Railways has embarked on a rapid expansion of railway network in Karnataka on a cost-sharing basis with the state government to achieve the twin objectives of connectivity to the hinterland and economic growth of the backward areas.
The ministry and Karnataka government have taken up projects involving an investment of Rs 6,000 crore. The state government will provide Rs 3,600 crore, minister of state for railways K H Muniyappa said at the weekend.
Some of the significant projects / schemes now in progress include doubling and new lines such as the Tumkur-Rayadurga, Kudachi-Bagalkot, Whitefield-Kolar, Shimoga-Harihar, Kolar-Chikkaballapur, Hassan-Bangalore among others.
In the last three years, the railway ministry has sanctioned projects worth Rs 15,623 crore to improve railway infrastructure in Karnataka region, he said. This includes 356 kms of new line and 568 kms of track doubling. In addition a new line between Bagalkot-Kudachi has been sanctioned at a cost of Rs 980 crore. Of this, projects costing Rs 1,213 crore have been completed, which include 46 kms of new line, 97 kms gauge conversion and 107 kms of track doubling.
Muniyappa said the newly laid Kadur-Chikmagalore BG line, a part of the Kadur-Chikmagalore-Belur-Sakaleshpur BG Line project, is in the final stages of completion and would be commissioned later this year. The track doubling work on the critical trunk route from Birur-Shivani is in full swing and is likely to be completed in this fiscal. Other BG railway line projects like Hassan-Bangalore (Via Shravanabelagola), Tumkur-Rayadurg, Kolar-Chikkaballapur and doubling work between Ramanagaram-Mysore are being pushed on fast track to meet the deadline set for completion.
The proposal to lay a railway line between Dharwad and Belgaum via Kittur is awaiting the approval by Planning Commission said Muniyappa here. Presiding over the function to inaugurate the renovated railway station at Hubli, Muniyappa said when the proposal is cleared and the project implemented the new line would reduce the journey time between Dharwad and Belgaum by four hours.
The minister also informed that foundation stone for five new railway lines in Karnataka would be laid within next three months.
The new projects are Gadag-Haveri, Davanagere-Tumkur, Whitefield-Kolar, Kudachio-Bagalkot and Rayadurg-Raichur.
The much talked about Hubli-Ankola railway line project which has hit a road block following objections from the department of environment and forest would be expedited, Muniyappa said.
The work on the Mysore-Madikeri broad gauge line, being taken up on 50:50 cost sharing basis with the government of Karnataka, at an estimated cost of nearly Rs 700 crore, will begin in six months. The stretch between Mysore and Kushalanagar (90 km) will be completed in about five years’ time. The completion of this project will put the Madikeri district for the first time on the railway map of India.
Buisnness stnd (http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/railways-embarksrs-6000-cr-expansion-in-karnataka/489563/)
November 14th, 2012, 08:04 AM
K H Muniyappa was elevated as the Minister of Micro and Small Industries in the Congress-led UPA government on Sunday.
With the change in portfolio, the Union Minister of State for Railways’s dream to have a Cabinet rank has come true, though his expectation was to get an independent-functioning berth, preferably, National Highway and Shipping.
Working as a minister of state for national highways under the ministership of T R Baalu, Muniyappa had no authority to take any independent decisions. Also, he was a member of the Congress while Baalu, although in a strong post in the UPA government, belonged to the DMK. The party differences made it virtually impossible for Muniyappa to function independently.
He could not even complain against the minister in case of non-cooperation as it could prove either futile or even boomerang on him. Work on the national highways in Tamil Nadu got prominence under Baalu, but Muniyappa had to struggle to get funds and other support for even basic work in Karnataka, say his supporters, adding that work on the Kolar-Nangali four-lane road was flagged off even under such circumstances.
He was moved to Railways as a minister of state during a reshuffle, but had to share space with two other ministers. Now, he had to work under Mamta Bannerjee from Trinamool Congress and had to deal with one-sided decisions, added sources close to Muniyappa.
Now, an independent portfolio has come as a relief to the minister. Speaking to Deccan Herald, he said the opportunity to serve the citizens of the nation and Kolar has gladdened him. “Micro and small industries is a larger portfolio and the size of development work can also be much bigger. I hope I live up to the expectations of the party leaders,” he added.
What for Kolar?
The benefits for Kolar district through the change in portfolio are, however, under debate.
Industrial activities are on only in Kolar, Bangarpet and Malur taluks and in Kolar Gold Fields. Also, the opening of industries has created jobs in large numbers only in Malur.
In contrast, Kolar Gold Fields is considered the industrial city of the district and most residents there are factory workers and their families. About 5,000 workers were forced to look for other means of livelihood in Malur, Whitefield and Bangalore, after the gold mines were closed.
The demand for establishment of small industries as alternative means of employment for the gold mine workers is already 12 years old. Every party in power has promised to ensure the workers are provided other means of livelihood, but the condition of the workers has not improved much.
Now, all eyes are on Muniyappa, to see how he responds to the job requirements of the erstwhile mine workers and also to find to what extent the small industries develop in the district.
As the Minister of State for Railways, Muniyappa had declared opening of new railway lines in the district, including the Madanapalli-Srinivaspur-Kolar route, Mulbagal-Bethamangala-BEML-Bangarpet route, Kolar-Whitefield route and a direct route from Marikuppam to Andhra Pradesh. The change in Muniyappa’s portfolio, however, has turned people skeptic about the continuation of such railway works in the district.
“The government had given a green signal to all railway development projects. A change in portfolio need not mean a delay in the implementation of the railway projects. The work will all be completed in time,” promised Muniyappa.
December 3rd, 2012, 01:38 PM
Work on water budgeting starts in Kolar
Work on the National Drinking Water Security pilot projects has started in Mulbagal taluk in Kolar district.
Mulbagal, along with 14 other blocks in the country, has been chosen to test and demonstrate the concept of Drinking Water Security Planning to address the various dimensions of water security.
A support organisation selected by the government for implementing the project has said that water budgeting will be done based on the resources available in that particular area, M S Raviprakash of Action for Food Production (AFPRO) told Express.
“The task involves establishing the baseline about the water resources (ground, surface, roof water sources), drinking and domestic water demands, water quality, present water use, source sustainability including rainfall pattern for each block,” he said.
As per the plans, data on groundwater table monitoring will be collected on monthly basis and the information will also be used by farmers to make decisions regarding the crops.
The pilot project is as of now planned for two years.
The gram panchayats and Village Water and Sanitation Committees (VWSCs) will be equipped to implement and monitor the water requirement.
“VWSCs and Participatory Rural Appraisals (PRA) have been formed in 20 villages of four grama panchayats to make the community aware of the drinking water security project,” Raviprakash said.
December 4th, 2012, 08:46 AM
K H Muniyappa was elevated as the Minister of Micro and Small Industries in the Congress-led UPA government on Sunday.
Has he come up with any plan for his constituency which can be done under his ministry? Kharge is doing lot of good things for Gulbarga.
December 19th, 2012, 07:43 AM
Temperature dips in Kolar district, but people are not chilling out
It’s time again for cold vibes in the district. The average temperature is expected to plummet to seven degrees Celsius in the days to come, and the weather is expected to remain chilly for the next one month.
The maximum temperature on Tuesday was 26 degree Celsius, while the minimum was 15 degree Celsius. The temperatures are expected to be 27 and 15 degree Celsius, respectively, on Wednesday.
Wind speeds of 21 km per hour have brought down the day temperatures. While the days are 11.34 hours long, the nights are 13.26 hours.
Woollens are out and the common refrain among the people is that it is colder this winter than last time. The heating effect of sunlight has proved insufficient and it is impossible to take off the mufflers and sweaters even by afternoon, say the people. There is mist till 9 am and sunlight plays hide-and-seek throughout the day.
The average temperatures recorded in the district is between 25 to 30 degree Celsius during winter and 30 to 35 degree Celsius in summer. But, this time, the winter temperatures have dipped below the average, say the people.
While winter has proved a windfall for those selling mufflers, gloves, sweaters and jerkins, potato growers are bearing the brunt of a crop failure.
Horticulture department officials say the falling temperatures are making it difficult to bring the blight disease in potato crops under control at Ankatatti village.
The disease intensifies if the temperature hovers around eight to 10 degree Celsius for 10 days at a stretch. The city is recording a humidity of 85 per cent in the mornings and 65 per cent in the evenings.
“Kolar is known for its pleasant weather. This December has proved otherwise. I have made it a point to drink only purified water this time to keep infections away and wear warm clothes all the time,” Kenchapa one of the residents of the city told Deccan Herald.
December 20th, 2012, 08:00 AM
Six trees make way for a mantap, statue of Valmiki
Citizens here are not exactly sure the sight of the Maharshi Valmiki Circle and, more than all, the story ofthe installation of a mantap and a statue of the sage will please the epic saint himself.
They feel the great sage Valmiki, who was jungle-bred and lived all his life amidst trees, would rather be upset on learning that the installation of his statue in the mantap required a ‘sacrifice’ of at least six trees.
Four tamarind trees and two other trees of other species were felled to install the statue at the circle on the Bangalore-Hindupur Road in town, recently.
The area, known as Court Circle, was renamed last year after Maharshi Valmiki. The mantap was installed on the occasion of Valmiki Jayanthi on October 29, and a day before, the Forest Department felled four trees, much to the shock and disappointment of citizens in the town, especially the environmentalists.
“Now, to cut six trees, to install Valmiki’s statue is ridiculous,” criticised writer Prof Gangadharamurthy.
“The trees were, undoubtedly, very old and provided shelter and shade to man and animal. Felling them to install the statue was definitely unnecessary, as they did not come in the way.
The old trees would certainly have added a bit of grace and even beauty to the statue and the mantap in the name of the seer. People would also have been attracted easier to the mantap if the trees were still there,” he said.
“A bare-looking mantap, with no shade around, will certainly not appeal to the citizens,” he added.
Mahesh, a college student, agreed, but with disappointment, “We had never imagined that the idea of installing a statue of Valmiki would cost us four trees. Now, the Circle has a hot, sunny feel, in contrast to the shade and cool of decades. The place would be all the more attractive if the idol was installed with the mantap without taking such a rash step.”
The Forest Department has the responsibility of protection of trees and the entire greenery around. But, it pains that the officers of the Department have unthinkingly chopped down and auctioned the trees. The act was lowly, added the professor.
“If such destruction of nature continues with no reaction or opposition, what greenery will we be left with? This is a frightening development,” Gangadharamurthy rued.
Nagesh, the district forest officer, had told Deccan Herald in October, “The Social Welfare Department officers had requested us to cut the trees to get space for the installation of the idol and mantap. So, the department staff cut two tamarind trees and two trees of other varieties.”
He added that the officials concerned had assured that saplings will be planted around the idol and mantap after the installation.
December 27th, 2012, 11:19 AM
Folklore varsity to bring out Kannada-Telugu dialects dictionary
The Karnataka Folklore University will come out with a dictionary of Kannada-Telugu bilingual dialects of Kolar and Chikkaballapur districts.
The process of identifying words that reflect the very essence and culture of the two districts bordering Andhra Pradesh has already commenced, said district editor of the project and bilingual writer Sa Raghunath.
Addressing mediapersons here on Tuesday, Raghunath said it is common for the people of this region to mix Kannada and Telugu words in their day to day life. Their vocabulary will have these “mixed words” as well as those from some occupations, art and certain rituals of the region.
The bilingual dialects have been enriched by folklorists and writers of the region such as Palaveri Kadiripathi, Kaivara Thathaiah, Idaguru Rudrakavi, Hosahudyam Venkatareddy, Gummaraju Ramakavi, Kahala Bhaiyyareddy, Jonkani Muniyappa and Koniga Hanumappa. Besides, ‘Kelike’ and ‘Kolata’ artistes and ‘Gabbillu’ singers have also contributed to the huge body of bilingual dialects, he added.
People can contribute to enrich the dictionary and, interested persons can contact Ph: 9980593921 or 9483137885, he said.
December 29th, 2012, 10:04 AM
Forest land for Yaragol project gets nod
Work on dam expected to commence in January
The Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has granted its approval to hand over 62.07 hectare of forest land to Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board for the long-pending Yaragol water supply project.
The Rs 240-crore water supply project conceived in 2006-07 has been facing hurdles over acquisition of forest land. The project, when completed, will supply water to Kolar, Malur, Bangarpet and 45 villages.
According to the official sources, H C Chowdhary, Assistant Principal Conservator of Forests with MoEF, in his letter dated December 4, 2012, addressed to the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Karnataka, has stated that approval has been granted to hand over 62.07 hectare of forest land to KUWSSB for the construction of a dam as part of the Yaragol project.
Now, the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests has to write to the Assistant Conservator of Forests, Kolar, giving suitable directions.
Deputy Commissioner D S Vishwanath told Deccan Herald that the notification on handing over the land has been gazetted on December 22 and the work on the dam would commence in the second week of January.
An official of the Water Board said the Assistant Conservator of Forests of the district was contacted on handing over of the land on Friday, who said he was awaiting instructions from Deputy Conservator of Forests.
After the handing over of land, the contractor will construct 2.5-km road from Yaragol to the dam site. A office will be set up at the site, and the deputy commissioner has discussed the modalities last week, the official said.
Petition in High Court
It has already been a year since a public interest litigation was filed in the High Court of Karnataka seeking early implementation of the project.
The petitioners - Ravindranath of Human Relevant Research Institution, M Arun
Kumar, the president of District Bar Association and Dr K M J Mouni of Adarsha Samaja Seva Trust - have approached the High Court alleging inordinate delay in execution of the project.
The petition names Chief Secretary to government, principal secretary to Housing and Urban Development Department, secretary to Irrigation Department, secretary to Union Ministry of Environment and Forests, chief executive officer of the Zilla Panchayat, assistant conservator of forests, executive director of Karnataka Water Supply and Drainage Board, Union Minister K H Muniyappa and district in-charge minister Varthur Prakash as respondents.
According to the petition filed on December 2 last year, the elected representatives from the district and the authorities concerned have utterly failed in ensuring timely completion of the project. The delay has led to residents reeling under acute water scarcity. The petition also alleges irregularities in purchase of pipes leading to misuse of Rs 48.79 lakh.
M Shivaprakash, the High Court advocate who appears for the petitioners said a committee should be formed to monitor the progress of the project. He said the committee should comprise social workers and officials from various related departments.
December 29th, 2012, 10:09 AM
Groundwater recharging plan gets a boost
Centre grants Rs 1 crore for rainwater harvesting project
The Central government has granted Rs 1 crore to recharge groundwater table through rainwater harvesting in the drought-hit Kolar and Chikkaballapur districts to address severe water crisis, said legislator V Muniyappa.
He was speaking at a programme organised at the government high school in Sadali village of the taluk on Friday. He blamed the BJP government for neglecting agriculture and irrigation issues. “During S M Krishna’s rule, Rs five crore was granted for conducting a satellite survey as a prelude to taking up the G S Paramasivaiah Committee report for creating permanent irrigation facilities for dryland areas. The BJP government has not bothered to follow up that project,” Muniyappa complained.
The permanent irrigation scheme that the BJP government had promised to implement, seem to be far from reality considering the future of the present government. Besides, the detailed project report of the scheme is yet to be prepared, he added.
Under the special quota of Basava Vasathi yojane, as many as 6,000 houses have been granted for the Assembly constituency, the legislator said. Beneficiaries need to submit the allotment letter to the respective gram panchayats within eight days of receiving the letter and they need to lay the foundation for the house in a month’s time. Lest, the allotment may be cancelled, he said.
Former Sadali gram panchayat president Jai Prakash said Sadali and S Devaganahalli have highest humber of homeless people. With the government granting 685 houses to these villages, many will be benefitted. Besides, water in two villages have traces of high fluoride content. Alarmed by it, the government is supplying potable drinking water by spending Rs 17 crore to these villages, he added.
Earlier, Muniyappa laid foundation stones for various projects, including a water tank in Gadiminchenahalli village, a government higher primary school in Yarranagenahalli and a bus stand in S Devaganahalli
Zilla Panchayat vice-president Ashwathappa, Taluk Panchayat vice-president Saraswathamma were present.
December 29th, 2012, 10:12 AM
This school is a model one in many ways
The Government Kannada Higher Primary School at Uttanoor in Mulbagal taluk has been picked as the best school in the taluk for the year 2012-13 in maintaining cleanliness at the school. Indeed, this school is a model one in many other ways too.
Unlike in most schools, its the students who decide every thing in this school and they are the nucleus of every activity.
The school has a council of ministers, which takes a decision on every thing that needs to be done for the improvement of the institution. Every activity is headed by students and, this has been the practice for several years now.
In addition to lessons taught in the classroom, students are also taught lessons about cleanliness and environment protection. The school has therefore bagged the award for its clean and green environment.
For maintenence of the plants at the school, Srirama Reddy of the neighbouring Pommarahalli has provided drip irrigation facility. This has made the job of nurturing the plants easier for the children.
Pratibha of Class VII is the chief minister who heads the school’s council of ministers.
She gives several instructions to her ministers on maintaining cleanliness at the school. Education Minister K N Pratibha is entrusted with the responsibility of the academic and group activities in the school.
Minister for cleanliness, with the help of other students, looks after the cleaning of school premises, including the toilets.
While Irrigation Minister Venugopal deals with water supply to the school,
Horticulture minister C Uday is in-charge of the plants and greenery at the school.
While Sports Minister Syed Firoze maintains discipline at school, Finance Minister Pradeep collects fine ranging from Rs 10 to Rs 15 from late comers.
The fine amount is used for the maintenence and development of a temple on the school campus. Culture Minister Supriya Meena is in-charge of the cultural activities.
School in-charge Minister Prashanth has been entrusted with the opening of the locks/doors/windows of the school in the morning. Jayaprakash, Anil and Kalyani function as opposition leaders and set right the mistakes committed by the ministers.
Thus, students themselves look after the maintenence of their school, which has 190 students and eight teachers.
“Students are very enthusiastic and they are playing a major role in maintaining a clean and green environment at the school,” said the headmaster Mariyappa.
January 2nd, 2013, 07:09 AM
Pushkarnis in Chikkaballapur to get new lease of life
The City Municipal Council (CMC) on Monday commenced work on cleaning ‘pushkarnis’ (temple tanks) with the help of Government Junior College students in Chikkaballapur.
Cleaning and rejuvenation of all the ‘pushkarnis’ in various wards will be undertaken in a phased manner before the onset of the next monsoon.
As part of drive, cleaning of the ‘pushkarni’ behind the Shani Mahatma temple was undertaken on Tuesday.
In the coming days, ‘pushkarnis’ near Basappa Choultry, Kandavara Bagilu and at Bharatinagar will also be cleared of shrubs and weeds.
Considering that these ‘pushkarnis’ have a great historical significance, the CMC officials have decided to rejuvenate them at the earliest. At the Lok Adalat meeting held recently, it was decided to give a fresh lease of life to the ‘pushkarni’s through ‘shrama daana’ and also to recharge ground water table.
“Following the directions of deputy commissioner, the CMC decided to end the year through cleaning up of temple tanks on Monday,” CMC Commissioner D H Raya told Deccan Herald.
The students of the Junior College enthusiastically took part in clearing weeds and shrubs from the Pushkarni tank beds.
“Tenders will be invited for works like removing thorny bushes, clearing heaps of mud and waste from the tanks. It will take a while, by the time, all the four tanks are cleared,” he added.
The ‘pushkarni’ on the outskirts of Kandavara Bagilu is a lifeline to other temple tanks in the city.
“If this tank is filled up, other ‘pushkarnis’ will also get sufficient water. This will help in recharging of groundwater. If the tanks fails to fill up through rainwater, we will fill them up with rainwater harvesting or through borewell water,” said an official.
January 10th, 2013, 07:18 AM
Jakkalamadagu water only for us, says CMC president
As per original plan, Doddaballapur to get water from reservoir
Chikkaballapur: The 3,000 million litres of water from the Jakkalamadagu reservoir will be supplied only to the City, and not extended to Doddaballapur, said City Municipal Council (CMC) president M V Bhaskar.
“The Chikkaballapur and Doddaballapur legislators had agreed to share the water of the reservoir, but the CMC has rejected the offer to share. The reservoir is within the administrative limits of the CMC and we refuse to share the water with anybody else,” the CMC president insisted.
He was addressing a press conference in the City on Wednesday.
“The Chikkaballapur and Doddaballapur legislators, municipality commissioners, project directors, district superintendents of police, engineers and others had attended the meeting on Wednesday at the Jal Bhavan in Bangalore to discuss the sharing and management of the water in the Jakkalamadagu reservoir. The legislators, who attended the meeting, gave a green signal for sharing the water. But, we, who represented the municipality, refused,” explained Bhaskar.
“The Chikkaballapur and Doddaballapur legislators, municipality commissioners, project directors, district superintendents of police, engineers and others had attended the meeting on Wednesday at the Jal Bhavan in Bangalore to discuss the sharing and management of the water in the Jakkalamadagu reservoir,” explained Bhaskar. “The legislators- in fact everybody- who attended the meeting, gave a green signal for sharing the water. But, we, who represented the municipality, refused.”
The CMC president said, with summer closing in, the City would face severe problems of water shortage and will depend heavily on the waters of the reservoir. “The representatives and officers should remember that the water of the Jakkalamadagu reservoir cannot fulfill the water requirements of all of Chikkaballapur City. Then how can we supply water to Doddaballapur?”
He added that the reservoir holds up to 4,390 million litres of water, but has filled only up to 3,000 million litres so far. “We will try to give the water in the reservoir to Doddaballapur after fulfilling the requirements of Chikkaballapur and the villages nearby,” he promised.
About 60 per cent of the city area is provided tanker water once in about 10 days. In some places, the residents get borewell water once every three or four days, while in some other wards, the water supply stretches to once in five to six days, said Bhaskar.
January 16th, 2013, 09:04 AM
CM launches projects worth Rs 84 crore in Chikkaballapur
Hurried inauguration invites criticism from people
Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar inaugurated works worth Rs 84 crore that included inauguration of various buildings and laying of foundation stone for several projects in Chikkaballapur and Gudibande taluks, here on Tuesday.
Through remote button, he unveiled the plaques for 32 projects.
Speaking at the programme, CM Shettar said “Chikkaballapur which has close proximity to the State capital will be ensured of all round development. Issue of basic facilities will be addressed and development works will be taken up in phases.”
Chikkaballapur being a border district has suffered in development. Along with it, basic facilities will be improved in Kolar and Tumkur districts to reduce the burden on Bangalore, he added.
Recalling his visit to the district when he was the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister, Shettar said “Efforts were made to implement the Permanent Drinking water project then. During S M Krishna government, as the Leader of the Opposition, had taken a delegation to New Delhi to exert pressure on the Central government to implement the project.”
Union Minister Veerappa Moily, Housing Minister V Somanna, legislators K P Bachegowda, V Muniyappa, N Sampangi and others were present. However, Shettar’s act — unveiling of 32 plaques through a remote button — has invited criticism from Legislator K P Bachegowda.
“As Chief Minister, it was Shettar’s first visit to the district. He was expected to go around the town and realise the issues that the people here are dealing with. Instead, he chose to inaugurate/lay foundation stone to various projects from the dais where he was sitting,” rued Bachegowda.
“Will present the budget”
Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar reiterated that he will present the budget, focussing farmers and poor and downtrodden.
Speaking to reporters before participating in the programme in the city on Tuesday, Chief Minister Shettar said that his government will complete full term.
January 16th, 2013, 09:07 AM
Aarogya Sri to benefit 3,000 Mulbagal residents
As many as 3,000 people from the taluk headed towards Kolar to be tested for cancer, problems related to the heart, kidneys and the nerves, under the Vajpayee Aarogya Sri Scheme, on Tuesday.
Patients who had lined up before 17 primary health care centres in the taluk were transported in vehicles to Kolar.
Doctors after diagnosing their ailments will refer them to as many as 134 speciality hospitals for further treatment. The patients thus checked will be given identity cards to avail the benefits under the scheme, said Taluk Medical Officer Dr Prakash.
Five members in a family that holds Below Poverty Line (BPL) cards can avail medical facility upto Rs one lakh, a year. In special cases, an additional Rs 50,000 will be handed over to one of the five members in the family.
January 16th, 2013, 09:08 AM
Cong, JD(S) locked in direct fight in CB Pur
The advent of two new regional parties - BSR Congress of former health minister B Sriramulu and Karnataka Janata Party of former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa - is expected to give a twist to the electoral scene in the constituency this time.
Congress and JD(S) have a direct fight in the Chikkaballapur Assembly constituency. Both the parties have launched their poll exercise by conducting taluk and hobli level conventions of workers. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, which has no voter support in the constituency too has conducted conventions.
JD(S) and Congress have two ticket aspirants each while the BJP has only one. The aspirants from BSR Congress and KJP are not yet known.
Chikkaballapur is known to be the Congress bastion, but the scene changed after it was carved out as a district from Kolar during the tenure of H D Kumaraswamy as chief minister in 2007. JD(S) won in the first election from the new district and in 2008 K P Bachchegowda of JD(S) trounced Ashwathanarayana Reddy of Congress.
A direct fight between the two parties is expected in the forthcoming Assembly polls too. While sitting MLA Bachchegowda is expected to contest from the constituency, K V Nagaraj, the director of Karnataka Milk Union is also expecting a JD(S) ticket. While it has almost become certain that District Congress Committee president M Anjanappa will contest as Congress candidate, Dr K Sudhakar is also in the fray.
G H Nagaraj, who tasted defeat as an Independent in the last election is now attempting to contest as a BJP candidate. The details of candidates from KJP and BSR Congress are not known.
Bachchegowda claims that the development works he has initiated in the constituency will come to his rescue at the poll. Anjinappa has been promising free ration and other assurances.
Dr K Sudhakar, who has been hogging the limelight by extending assistance to mass marriages, distributing free notebooks, bus passes etc, is said to contest as an Independent in case Congress denies him ticket. G S Nagaraj, who has his fans association has been drawing crowds by organising blood donation camps etc.
The ultimate choice rests with the intelligent voter.
January 24th, 2013, 04:17 PM
Industries told to adopt rainwater harvesting
Deputy Commissioner D.S. Vishwanath has suggested that industrialists accord priority to rainwater harvesting in their units to effectively tackle water shortage.
“Lakhs of litres of water in each industrial unit goes unutilised during the rainy season. If rainwater harvesting is adopted, it will help tackle water shortage in the parched region,” according to Mr. Vishwanath.
He was speaking after inaugurating an industrialists’ association at the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board industrial area in Malur on Tuesday.
It is being contemplated that rainwater harvesting be adopted in all government buildings and offices in the district, Mr. Vishwanath added.
The Deputy Commissioner called upon the industrialists to provide jobs to members of families that parted with their land to set up industries.
“The government acquires land for starting industries which help in solving the unemployment problem.
Such industries should accord priority to local people by compulsorily providing jobs to members of families that lost land in the process,” he said.
He said that a proposal will be sent to the government in connection with providing infrastructure, including drinking water, street light, telephone exchange, police out-post and banking facility, in the industrial area.
Hanumantaraya, Tahsildar, E.B. Javali of the Karnataka State Finance Corporation, Venkatesh, Joint Director of the Department of Industries, and Sriprakash, association president, were present.
January 30th, 2013, 02:49 PM
Major food industry to come up in Mulbagal: Legislator (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/308603/major-food-industry-come-up.html)
Mulbagal, Jan 29, 2013, DHNS:
Considering rise in unemployment in the district, a major food industry will be set up at Mulbagal and London-based entrepreneurs have come forward to establish the industry. Measures have been taken to provide them with suitable site for the firm, said Legislator Amaresh.
He was speaking at a job fair organised at the Government PU College premises in the town on Monday. Following depletion in groundwater level, irrigation has severely affected. This has led to rise in unemployment in the district. Setting up such industries here will address unemployment issue to an extent, he added.
He further said that lands have already been identified in the taluk to set up industries and process of transferring lands to these units is already on, he added. At least 4,000 to 5,000 youth will be able to get jobs here, he added.
The job fair organised by Rajiv Gandhi Seva Trust and Rural Development Institute, Mulbagal and district unit of Kannada Sene Karnataka witnessed a good turn out.
State Women Congress wing general secretary Sujatha Ramesh and Taluk Sheep and Wool Development Corporation president Venkatesh Gowda were present.
March 27th, 2013, 07:45 PM
Differences seem to have cropped up between the railways and the state government on setting up the much hyped coach factory over land and funds required for the project.
Infrastructure Development Department Principal Secretary Aimitha Prasada said: “Though former chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda had offered to give the land required for the project free and bear 50 per cent of the project cost, we have to deliberate over the issue. We have asked the Kolar DC on how much government land is available in the area as that would help us come to a decision.”
While refusing to comment on the issue, South Western Railway General Manager Ashok Kumar Mittal said: “We have written to the state government and I am sure that the issue would be resolved very soon and the project implemented at the earliest.”
According to sources, the government expressed its inability to give the entire land free of cost. It has offered to give only the available government land free of cost for the project.
The rail coach building factory was proposed to be set up in around 1,200 acres in Srinivaspur Taluk of Kolar district in 2010/11 to provide employment to over 5,000 people. The government had identified the land and had offered to provide it free of cost to expedite the setting up of the factory. Around 60 per cent of the land near the identified site belongs to the government.
The former railway minister had also announced that the project would be set up as a joint venture between the state and the railways.
March 27th, 2013, 07:51 PM
SARALA NURSING HOME is a Homeopathic hospital serving for the society from past decades in Punganur, Andhra Pradesh (AP), INDIA.
Homely Touch, we are here for you...!
Effectively and safely cure the human diseases without any side effects and with less cost!
Advantage of Homeopathy Treatment
> There is NO side effects due to Homeopathic i.e. Not like Allopathic treatment
> Effective and Safe treatment
> Patient friendly and convenient
> Cost effective treatment
SARALA Nursing Hospital
Well known and Organized Homeopathic hospital in Chittoor Dist.
Running SARALA Homoeo Hospital in Punganur from few Decades, since 1990.
From past 22 years we are providing FREE treatment to the poor patients, and Mentally Challenged children's.
Organised and organizing several Medical camps, Eye camps, Blood donation camps in and around Chittoor Dist. Contact Our hospital or local Lions club for latest Camp details, and help us to serve in better way.
Homely Personal Treatment:- SARALA Hospital is Serving homeopathic treatment but not doing business.
Lion.Dr. K.SARALA(సరళ) , D.H.M.S
About SARALA Hospital, and Dr.Siva Achievements
Dr.Shiva's Education :-
Lion Dr.Siva was born on 1st March 1965, Graduate in Homoeopathy from S.V.University.
Dr.Shiva's Social Service Achievements:-
> Well known Homoeopath in Chittoor Dist. Running Sarala Homoeo Hospital in Punganur since 1991, most respected service minded doctor in Punganur area.
> For the past 22 years everyday he is providing free treatment to the poor patients and Mentally Challenged children.
> Every year he is freely supplying lacks of doses of preventive Homoeopathic medicines in and around Chittoor Dist.
> He has organised several Medical camps, Eye camps, blood donation camps in and around Chittoor Dist .
SARALA NURSING HOME,
M.B.T.ROAD (Near Maramma Gudi) ,
For Appointment and Availability details, please call on this numbers
Phone number: +91-08581-253345 and
Mobile no: +91-094403 92839
It's Taluk headquarter.
It's Approximately 130KM from Karnataka's Capital City Bangalore.
It's approximately 100Km from Thirupathi, AP.
It's Just 20Km from Mulbagal, Karnataka.
March 27th, 2013, 07:54 PM
Being India’s leading defence equipment manufacturer, BEML keeps the Indian Army and other defence forces abreast with modern military equipments. The company has global ambitions and to become a globally recognised brand it plans to expand its market share in Asia.
Long before Bangalore was called the Silicon Valley of India, the city made its name as a hub to some of the largest public sector heavy industries.
Bangalore has been home to public sector units since the 60s. Companies such as Bharat Earth Movers Ltd known as BEML, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) and others have grown their presence – both in terms of number of people employed and the kind of work undertaken over the last five decades.
BEML Ltd, is a leading multi-technology and multi-location Mini Ratna Category-I company that falls under the aegis of the Ministry of Defence, offering high-quality products for diverse sectors such as coal, mining, steel, cement, power, irrigation, construction, road building, aviation, defence, metro and railways.
It has emerged as the forerunner of heavy engineering industry with a track record of growth and revenues for over four decades.
For the kind of success that this company has achieved over the years, one needs to take a step back and look into the past.
BEML was incorporated in May 1964, and commenced operations on January 1, 1965. It was wholly-owned and operated by the Ministry of Defence until 1992, when the Government divested 25 per cent of its holdings in the company.
BEML is Asia’s second-largest manufacturer of earth-moving equipment, and controls 70 per cent of the market in that sector.
BEML has manufacturing plants in Kolar Gold Fields, Bangalore, Palakkad and Mysore. It has numerous regional offices throughout the country. KGF unit is the main unit accounting for the manufacture and assembly of a wide array of earth-moving equipment such as bulldozers and excavators.
Rail coaches are made in the Bangalore complex and the Mysore facility makes dump trucks and engines of various capacities.
BEML manufactures rolling stock for Delhi Metro and Namma Metro in Bangalore. It works in consortium with Hyundai Rotem and has supplied more than 200 coaches to DMRC and has an order of 150 coaches from Bangalore Metro.
Jaipur Metro has also ordered to manufacture, supply, test and commission 10 train sets of four-car each, totalling 40 cars to Jaipur Metro Project. BEML has restructured its operations under three distinct business groups viz., Mining & construction, Defence and Rail & metro.
It has formed strategic business units and product groups following the concept of ‘Business within business.’
New business division includes technology, trading, aerospace and international business. The company has global ambitions and to become a globally recognised brand it plans to expand its market share in Asia.
In line with that, BEML has set up warehousing facilities at Malaysia. An overseas office has been established in China for outsourcing.
Besides, local company, PT BEML Indonesia has been established in Indonesia to capture the emerging market.
BEML Brasil Industrial Ltda was set up for sales of mining and construction equipment in Latin American countries with a phased local manufacturing programme.
Over the years, BEML has demonstrated its engineering strengths and technical prowess by harnessing sophisticated technologies and erecting giant equipment such as the multi-crore walking draglines and electric rope shovels for the coal sector.
With a commitment to market driven R&D, BEML has successfully rolled out over 30 value-added products.
BEML recently introduced road headers and slide discharge loaders for underground mining applications.
Railway products include integral rail coaches, electric multiple units, rail buses, track laying equipment and overhead equipment inspection cars. BEML also manufactures heavy duty trucks and trailers and hydraulic aggregates for transportation sector.
The company also manufactures high power diesel engines and heavy duty hydraulic aggregates to meet specific customer requirements. The company plans to diversify into varied activities including underground mining equipment, underground storage for petro-products, leasing and financial services and joint ventures abroad.
Its Rs 30-crore composite R&D Centre at KGF has laboratories that work in areas such as fluid power, material science, structural engineering and power line aggregates.
The company has modern manufacturing facilities at Kolar Gold Fields, Mysore and Bangalore and are certified under ISO 9001-2000 series. Apart from this, BEML has set up its fourth manufacturing complex at Palakkad, Kerala, as part of its expansion and diversification plan in a record time.
This complex is dedicated to the manufacture of defence equipment and rail coach components and spare parts. All these units have modern facilities such as CNC machines, hi-tech welding equipment and flexible manufacturing systems to turnout cutting edge technology products. Continuous modernisation of manufacturing facilities enables BEML to deliver world-class products.
MINING AND CONSTRUCTION
The boom in the mining industry has opened up new avenues for BEML in contract mining. BEML offers a diverse range of mining machinery for both opencast and underground mines. It produces machines such as electric rope shovels, hydraulic excavators, bulldozers, wheel-loaders, wheel dozers, dump trucks, motor graders, pipelayers, tyre handlers, water sprinklers and backhoe loaders. Besides, BEML manufactures mammoth walking draglines for cost-effective operations in the opencast mines. BEML has ventured into underground mining with products such as side discharge loader, load haul dumper, winch, winder, granby car, skip and others.
Being India’s leading Defence equipment manufacturer, BEML keeps the Indian Army and other Defence forces abreast with modern military equipment. The company is manufacturing variants of Tatra vehicle for all terrain operations including bridge layer, field artillery tractor, medium and heavy recovery vehicle, pontoon mainstream bridge systems, crash fire tenders, mobile mast vehicle.
BEML also supplies engineering mine ploughs, tank transportation trailers, weapon loading equipment, armoured recovery vehicle, Milrail coaches and wagons apart from aircraft weapon loading trolley, aircraft towing tractor and radar carrying vehicle.
The first indigenously designed and developed snow cutter for military and para military application is an import substitute product. Two new product variants developed by BEML’s strong technology development team include combat post vehicle and BEML Tatra driving simulator to cater for the growing needs of armed forces.
BEML plays a major role in the country’s integrated guided missile development project by supplying ground support vehicles. The company has also created world-class test track at its KGF Complex to test defence equipment and vehicles.
METRO, RAILWAY BUSINESS
BEML is the nation’s first rail coach manufacturing company and is the only company that forayed into high-tech metro trains deployed for intra-city commuting. BEML is expanding its infrastructure to meet the greater needs of metro projects coming up in the country.
Other products supplied for the Indian Railways include integral rail coaches, overhead inspection cars, postal vans, AC/DC electric multiple units, stainless steel EMUs, catenary maintenance vehicle, utility vehicles, track laying equipment, broad-gauge railbus, treasury vans, spoil disposal units etc. Its future plans include manufacturing of high-speed rail and metro bogies, affordable metro cars for tier II & III cities.
With India becoming engineering outsourcing hub, BEML aims to garner substantial business in the IT-enabled services. With the extensive use of CAD/CAE and CAM, this division is offering services encompassing product design, process engineering, plant automation, enterprise management services and implementation of collaborative product engineering.
BEML has launched aerospace manufacturing division at Mysore complex produce and supply ground handling equipments, ground support equipment, toolings and components for aerospace applications. The company has recently signed an MoU with the Karnataka Government to set up an exclusive aerospace manufacturing complex at the SEZ, near Bangalore International Airport.
With a view to maximise business through sale of components and engineering spares, BEML has launched a trading division. This will ensure supply of high-quality components for both in-house consumption as well as existing customers. Leveraging on BEML brand for non-company products, it plans to serve customers using its vast marketing network. An export house with trading house status, BEML has proven strengths in handling large-scale trading and counter-trade has pushed the export of engineering goods as well as other equipment.
BEML has an expanding international presence in more than 55 countries spread world-wide. In recognition of its outstanding performance, BEML has been awarded the best performance in exports for the year 2007-08.
Another PSU giant, which is based out of Bangalore is HAL traces its genesis back to 1940. Now, HAL is one of Asia’s largest aerospace companies. It comes under the management of the Ministry of Defence, this state-owned company is mainly involved in aerospace industry, which includes manufacturing and assembling aircraft, navigation and related communication equipment, as well as operating airports.
HAL is one of the largest aerospace companies in Asia with its annual turnover to be running above $2 billion. More than 40 per cent of HAL’s revenues come from international deals to manufacture aircraft engines, spare parts, and other aircraft materials.
HAL built the first military aircraft in South Asia and is currently involved in the design, fabrication and assembly of aircraft, jet engines, and helicopters, as well as their components and spares. Hindustan Aeronautics has a history of collaboration with several other international and domestic aerospace agencies such as Airbus, Boeing, Sukhoi Aviation Corporation, Elbit Systems, Israel Aircraft Industries, RSK MiG, BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce plc, Dassault Aviation, Dornier Flugzeugwerke, the Indian Aeronautical Development Agency and the Indian Space Research Organisation.
Some if its marquee products include Tejas, a light combat aircraft; Su-30MKI - a derivative of Sukhoi Su-27 co-developed with Sukhoi Corporation; Dhruv - an advanced light helicopter, among others.
With over 9,500 employees, it is one of the largest public sector employers in Bangalore. Apart from HAL, the National Aerospace Laboratories is also headquartered in Bangalore and is dedicated to the development of civil aviation technologies.
May 27th, 2013, 09:15 AM
Aryan foundation, the CSR wing of Aryan group, the builders, has adopted a village in Kolar district.:)
Kullur near Srinivasapur is a village which is home to 60 Dalit families comprising 320 individuals. The village is in a state of utter neglect and devoid of good roads, drinking water, drainage, toilet, street lights and even a burial ground. The villagers stay huddled together in shared huts.
After a visit to the village, the Aryan team decided to partially adopt the village and build a house for the poor, a public toilet, a main road, and drainage system.
The Aaryan Foundation also plans to conduct health camp every three months with first aid facilities to the poor, and erect bore wells to meet the water scarcity.
To empower the villagers, the Foundation will also offer training in tailoring and in the near future will start a garment unit to provide jobs to the Dalits.
May 27th, 2013, 03:28 PM
Mighty wait for the mini Vidhana Soudha
Bangarpet drivers want a double road
May 28th, 2013, 09:19 AM
Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI) inaugurated its third two-wheeler production plant at Narasapura industrial area, Kolar district, on Tuesday.:banana:
The plant, touted as HMSI's most advanced and latest plant spread across 96 acres, will help the automobile company to "efficiently serve the vast scooter and motorcycle market of India" along with the Manesar and Tapukara plants in north India.
The plant, which has been set up with an investment of Rs. 1,350 crores, will start operations from June this year and will have the production capacity of 12 lakh units in phase I. HMSI hopes to increase capacity by another six lakhs under phase II, taking the annual capacity to 18 lakhs, by the end of the current financial year. With the three plants, the company will be able to significantly increase its cumulative annual production by 64 per cent in just one fiscal.
According to a communiqué, the plant will employ approximately 4,500 people, mostly local youth. It is also touted as being HMSI's most environment-friendly plant with reportedly zero liquid discharge.
May 28th, 2013, 09:25 AM
District ministers: Khadar-Kolar
District ministers: , Khadar-Kolar
Bangalore, May 27: Ahead of the maiden session of the newly constituted Karnataka assembly, chief minister Siddaramaiah has announced the appointment of his ministerial colleagues as ministers in charge of the districts and also for monitoring the implementation of the 20-point economic programme.
As per the official notification, Forest minister B Ramanath Rai will be in charge of the Dakshina Kannada district while urban development minister Vinaya Kumar Sorake will be in charge of the Udupi district.
The other two ministers from the undivided coastal Dakshina Kannada – Abhayachandra Jain and U T Khadar – will be in charge of Chikmagalur and Kolar districts respectively.
Senior Congress leader and Medical Education and Tourism minister R V Deshpande has been entrusted with the responsibility of the Uttara Kannada district.
While film star Ambarish has been put in charge of Mandya district, V Srinivasa Prasad is in charge of Mysore and Dr H C Mahadevappa, who is very close to the chief minister, has been put in charge of Hassan and Kodagu districts.
The names of the ministers entrusted with the responsibility of different districts is as follows:
May 28th, 2013, 09:27 AM
Narasapur (Kolar), May 28:
Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India opened its third plant at Narsapur in Kolar district in Karnataka on Tuesday. :)
Spread over 96 acres, it is the company's third two-wheeler plant after Manesar, Haryana, and Tapukara in Rajasthan. Honda has invested Rs 1,350 crore in the plant that employs 4,500 people (90% of the employees are locals). :banana:
Starting June, the plant will churn out 12 lakh units a year.
May 28th, 2013, 09:22 PM
Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI) inaugurated its third two-wheeler production plant at Narasapura industrial area, Kolar district, on Tuesday.:banana:
The plant, touted as HMSI's most advanced and latest plant spread across 96 acres, will help the automobile company to "efficiently serve the vast scooter and motorcycle market of India" along with the Manesar and Tapukara plants in north India.
The plant, which has been set up with an investment of Rs. 1,350 crores, will start operations from June this year and will have the production capacity of 12 lakh units in phase I. HMSI hopes to increase capacity by another six lakhs under phase II, taking the annual capacity to 18 lakhs, by the end of the current financial year. With the three plants, the company will be able to significantly increase its cumulative annual production by 64 per cent in just one fiscal.
According to a communiqué, the plant will employ approximately 4,500 people, mostly local youth. It is also touted as being HMSI's most environment-friendly plant with reportedly zero liquid discharge.
May 29th, 2013, 06:23 AM
Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India opened its third plant at Narsapur in Kolar district in Karnataka on Tuesday
May 29th, 2013, 01:13 PM
Karnataka (http://www.business-standard.com/search?type=news&q=Karnataka), better known for its information technology industry, is now set to become the second biggest automobile hub in south India.:banana:
With the commissioning of a two-wheeler manufacturing plant by Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt Ltd (HMSI (http://www.business-standard.com/search?type=news&q=HMSI)) at Narasapur in Kolar district, 58 kms from Bangalore, the state has taken another step towards realising its dream.:cheers:
On Tuesday, HMSI inaugurated its new plant, to produce 1.8 million two-wheelers by March, 2014.
Together with its 17 vendors, the company has invested over Rs 3,000 crore. Thus, it has emerged the second two-wheeler company to start manufacturing in the state. TVS Motors (http://www.business-standard.com/search?type=news&q=TVS+Motors)already operates at Nanjangud in Mysore district. Karnataka is already home to automobile majors like Toyota (http://www.business-standard.com/search?type=news&q=Toyota), Volvo (http://www.business-standard.com/search?type=news&q=Volvo), Tata Motors (http://www.business-standard.com/search?type=news&q=Tata+Motors) and Mahindra Reva. Besides these, commercial and off-road vehicle makers like BEML also has a presence in the state.
Honda will provide employment to 4,500 persons and together with its vendors the total employment generated will touch 10,000 next year. ^^
The state government has allotted 119 acres to HMSI. When fully-operational, the company will manufacture 1.8 million two-wheelers at the plant. Apart from the HMSI and its vendors, Narasapur is also set to host other automotive giants which are in the process of setting up shop there. The Global Investors Meet (GIM) held in June 2012 had helped attract a investments into the automobile sector in Narasapur. HMSI's vendors include XCD Corporation, Musashi, Advik, Badve, Jay Ushin, Nippon Compo India and T S Interseat among others. :)
Swedish truck and bus maker Scania is setting up its truck and bus body-building facility in the Narasapur Industrial Area.
To add to this list is the UK-based premium bike maker Triumph Motorcycles which has zeroed in on Narasapur for a local assembly plant. The company has signed a memorandum of understanding with the state government. About 40 acres has been identified for the company for its plant. Scania has made an initial investment of Rs 150 crore.Scania's facility will serve as a completely knocked down (CKD) assembly unit for truck and bus chassis during phase one of the operations. It will employ about 800 people in this facility over the next five years.Scania plans to roll out 2,000 heavy trucks and 1,000 inter-city buses and coaches from this plant in the next five years.
Besides this, it plans to sell about 1,500 engines within the same period. In the next phase, it will build trucks and buses from the same facility. During the first phase, it will initially assemble trucks and by 2014, it plans to roll out buses.Other than the automobile companies, the government has allotted land to Mahindra Aerospace Pvt Ltd to manufacture small aircraft at Narasapur. it will invest Rs 285 crore in this facility. Karnataka is already home to other automobile majors like Volvo, which has two plants for making trucks and buses at Hoskote and Toyota Motor Corporation at Bidadi.
Toyota makes cars and engines. Mahindra Reva has recently set up a new plant to produce electric cars at Bommasandra near Bangalore and TVS Motors has a plant at Nanjangud in Mysore district to manufacture two-wheelers.
Tata Motors has set up two plants for construction equipment and buses in Dharwad. BEML has two plants for making buses and trucks for armed forces in Bangalore and KGF.
Government spending Rs 190 crore in getting 60 million litres of water to the three industrial clusters of Narsapura, Malur, and Vemgal in Kolar district by June next year. :banana:
Narasapur (Kolar), May 28:
Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India opened its third plant at Narsapur in Kolar district in Karnataka on Tuesday. :)
Spread over 96 acres, it is the company's third two-wheeler plant after Manesar, Haryana, and Tapukara in Rajasthan. Honda has invested Rs 1,350 crore in the plant that employs 4,500 people (90% of the employees are locals). :banana:
Starting June, the plant will churn out 12 lakh units a year.
June 13th, 2013, 10:31 AM
:banana:May 2013 07:58 AM
Nearly 35 years after it was first proposed, the Kadur-Chikmagalur railway line is completed and awaiting clearance from the Rail Safety Commissioner. The Kolar-Chickballapur gauge conversion is also awaiting safety clearance.
South Western Railway Chief Administrative Officer Adesh Sharma said: “We have completed the works on both Kadur-Chikmagalur and Kolar-Chickballapur railway lines and have initiated the process of getting the safety clearance. The rail safety commissioner will have to personally inspect the railway lines. It might take some time before we get the dates for inspection.”
Kolar-Chickballapur Railway Line
The Railways undertook the project to convert 96.5 km metre gauge railway line between Kolar and Chickballapur more than six years ago. On the insistence of the then union minister of state for railways K H Muniyappa, the state government agreed to fund 50 per cent of the project on cost-sharing basis. The state government has released `158 crore for the project. The line is expected to become one of the major railway lines in the state as the railway board has proposed to undertake a new railway line between Chickballapur and Puttaparti.
Kadur-Chikmagalur and Kolar-Chickballapur section awaits safety clearance:banana:
http://www.masterbuilder.co.in/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/rsz_railway_line.jpg (http://www.masterbuilder.co.in/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/rsz_railway_line.jpg) The Kadur-Chikmagalur railway line and Kolar-Chickballapur gauge conversion is completed and awaiting clearance from the Rail Safety Commissioner
The Kadur-Chikmagalur railway line and Kolar-Chickballapur gauge conversion is completed and awaiting clearance from the Rail Safety Commissioner, South Western Railway Chief Administrative Officer Adesh Sharma said. The project has been completed at a cost of Rs 170 crore. The line passes through Bisilehalli, Sakharayapattana and Kanivehalli. The Railways will lay the remaining part of the line between Chikmagalur and Sakleshpura in the next phase.
The 96.5 km long metre gauge railway line between Kolar and Chickballapur at a cost of Rs 320 crore. The state government agreed to fund 50 per cent of the project and has released Rs 158 crore. The railway board has proposed to undertake a new railway line between Chickballapur and Puttaparti.^^
June 14th, 2013, 01:55 PM
Lull in monsoon activity causing concern in Kolar district
http://www.thehindu.com/multimedia/dynamic/01486/KLKVNHI-W0211_G_14_1486631e.jpg Farmers in Kolar district have prepared land in anticipation of rain for sowing.— FILE PHOTO
Farmers in Kolar district, which is facing drought for the last four years, are preparing their land for sowing.
A large number of farmers have ploughed their land expecting rain. However, the lull in monsoon activity is causing concern among them. Several parts of the district received rain in the first week of June raising the hopes of the farmers. But that didn’t last long.
The intermittent spells of rain have not been of much help for sowing.
Farmers are expecting that monsoon may revive towards the end of the month.
Although scanty rainfall has triggered apprehensions among the people that drought may continue, the authorities have allayed such fears.
Farmers took up ploughing in April and May last year in expectation of rain in June. That did not happen, and a similar situation is being seen this year too making farmers a worried lot.
Rain received till June 3 last year was 161.8 mm. This year, it was 159.4 mm. Though there was not much difference in the quantity of rainfall, farmers continue to suffer due to lack of water.
According to sources in the Agriculture Department, sowing has been completed only in 640 hectares of land in the district so far against the season target of 1.02 lakh hectares. However, it has been better than last year when sowing was taken up only in 225 hectares till June 15, they added.
Among the five taluks in the district, sowing is yet to happen in Srinivaspur taluk where the target is 18,009 hectares.
The target and actual sowing in other taluks is: Bangarpet 23,730 hectares (46 hectares), Kolar 19,200 hectares (185 hectares), Malur 16,350 hectares (185 hectares) and Mulbagal 22,713 hectares (224 hectares).
Sowing should have been take place in at least 10,000 hectares by now.
Venkatesh, a retired teacher and farmer from Mulbagal, who came to the Kannada Sahitya Sammelan in Mulbagal on Wednesday, told The Hindu that agriculture is losing attraction as an occupation due to lack of rain, among other reasons.
The season requires 8,917 quintals of seeds and orders have been placed with the Karnataka State Seeds Corporation and the National Seeds Corporation, Joint Director of Agriculture Department C. Chikkanna said.
There was a stock of 2,954 quintals of seeds, he added.
June 14th, 2013, 01:57 PM
The Hope Foundation is organising a job fair in Kolar Gold Fields on June 15. Over 25 companies and recruiting agencies from various sectors such as IT, BPO, hospitality and medicare will take part in the fair at the Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Ground, (Malayalee Ground), Oorgaum Station Road, KGF, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., a release said. Candidates in the 18-25 age group can attend the fair. Call Ph: 9620709151, 9972166449 or 080-41137643 for details.
— Staff Correspondent
June 19th, 2013, 08:00 AM
Swedish commercial vehicle-maker Scania (http://www.business-standard.com/search?type=news&q=Scania) today made its foray into the engine segment in India and launched its power generation engines.
Besides being leading manufacturers of trucks and buses, Scania is manufacturing industrial, marine and power generation engines and builds over 80,000 engines, making it the one of the most experienced engine manufacturers in the industry, Anders Grundstromer (http://www.business-standard.com/search?type=news&q=Anders+Grundstromer), Managing Director, Scania Commercial Vehicle India, told PTI here.
Integrated with user equipment, any Scania engine will contribute to strengthen the customers' profitability and end-user satisfaction, with maintenance and repair contracts fully backed by Scania's service network, he claimed.
Anders, who is also Senior Vice President, Scania Group, said the company has invested about Rs 25 billion to set up an industrial facility at Naraspur, about 40 Kms from Bengaluru. :banana:
This unit will build body of buses and trucks for Indian market and would become operational by the middle of November, he added.
The company has an ambitious plan to sell about 2,500 trucks, 2,000 engines and 1,000 coaches in the Indian market within the next five years, Anders said.
The official, who was here to launch the power generation engines with partner Mahindra and Mahindra, ruled out the possibility of entering smaller 16 to 18 seater vehicles segment.
Anders said the company was eyeing the premium segments, like Intercity coaches with 43 to 53 seat capacity.
Stating that the company was targeting both private and government business for selling buses, he said negotiations were on with almost all the state governments for purchase of different types of buses, specially for Indian market.
The buses on offer are in three models, with purpose-designed coach for luxury intercity or charter travels.
The company recently launched a new range of on-road haulage truck models specially adapted for the Indian market
June 19th, 2013, 08:01 AM
Swedish truck and bus major Scania Commercial Vehicles (CV) has said that the truck assembly line at its first Indian facility in Narasapura near Bangalore will go into production this month. Scania is also likely to commence manufacturing buses at the facility from April next year, a top company executive said this week.
“The construction of the facility is now complete and trucks will start rolling out of this assembly line this month,” according to Scania Group Senior Vice-President and Scania CV India Managing Director Anders Grundstromer.
Scania, which began sales of its products in India in 2007 as CBUs (Completely Built Units), had invested Rs 250 crore in early 2012. The Sodertalje-based company intended to develop a new facility at Narasapura, Kolar district, Karnataka, to manufacture and sell its range in India.“For the first time, we will be selling products localised in India for the Indian market,” Grundstromer told Deccan Herald, adding that the new facility boasts of an annual capacity of 3,500 units, which presently includes the R 500 6X4 puller, G 460 6X4 puller, G 410 6X2 tractor and the P 410 8X4 rigid truck.
The industrial operations will comprise final assembly of trucks, and building of complete coaches supported by body workshops. The head office of Scania’s Indian subsidiary, complete with a service workshop and central parts warehouse, will be housed at the same site.
Since 2007, the company has sold its trucks in India in the form of CBUs imported from Sweden in partnership with L&T.
“We have sold around 1,000 trucks in India till date, mostly to the mining sector, besides ODC (Over Dimensional Consignment) pullers,” he said, adding that a sizeable number of buses were also sold during the period. Scania has also set up dealerships in Mumbai, Kochi, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad.
“Now with our localised products entering the market, we are targeting sales of 2,000 trucks and 1,000 buses annually in the next five years,” Grundstromer said, adding that the company wants to capture 20 per cent of the burgeoning premium bus and truck market in the country in the next five years.
Scania also expects to increase headcount at the facility to 800 in the near future, and invest in services such as mobile service vans. “Our premium products require expert care and timely service, and our mobile vans will be stationed between dealerships and will reach vehicles anywhere on call, depending on the need or urgency,” Grundstromer said, adding that the company will eventually appoint dealers in all major cities.
June 20th, 2013, 03:05 PM
The next Sriperumbur of Karnataka...:cheers:
June 21st, 2013, 05:46 AM
“The privatisation of markets will help farmers to fix prices of produce themselves, in future,” said Agriculture Minister Krishna Byregowda.
He was speaking at the inauguration of theMG-6 Fruits and Vegetal Wholesale Market at Kappalamodagu in Mulbagal on Wednesday. The market has been established on lines of Japanese model.:banana:
“Initially, there were a lot of rumours about the private markets, however, there was no truth in them. The private sector should take steps to open markets like these in every taluk of the State,” he added.
ByreGowda said that private players were able to enter the market sector, owning to the amendments made to the RMC Act by the Centre under the leadership of Sharad Power, six years ago. Privatisation will pave way for direct purchase of produce from farmers and will put an end to exploitation by the middlemen, he added.
ByreGowda lauded the efforts of M Gopal and Gangi Reddy, who have established the market. “The government will provide all the necessary help to them,” he added.
Former chief minister and Leader of the Opposition in Legislative Assembly H D Kumaraswamy who inaugurated the market, said that he completely supported the implementation of permanent irrigation project for providing water to parched Kolar and Chikkaballapur districts. Politics should not come in the midst of pro-people work.
Further, one should develop neutral thinking while working for farmers, he added.
Union Minister Muniyappa, who spoke on the occasion said that though it was six years since the amendments were made to the RMC Act, it had not been utilised comprehensively. The Centre took the decision to provide better price for farmers’ produce.
He said that Centre should take initiative to give minimum support price to all the crops in the country and not just to rice, ragi and jowar, to name a few.
Expressing concern over the fast depletion of groundwater table in the district, Srinivaspur MLA K R Ramesh Kumar said that around 25 years ago, the average rainfall in the district was 744 mm while now it had reduced to 300 mm.
“It is almost decades since the tanks in the district have been filled to the brim,” he added.
June 25th, 2013, 08:07 AM
Narasapur, a small town on the busy Bangalore-Kolar highway, is all set to become a big industrial hub soon.:banana:
According to Vestian, a global reality strategic and transaction advisory agency, at least 40,000 jobs would be created in and around Narasapur by 2015 and many more in the next five to ten years. Karnataka State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd Managing Director P B Ramamurthy said, “Many industrialists have brought vast tracts of land on their own and some of them have got them sanctioned through Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board (KIADB) and are getting the licences processed. A few companies, including Honda have started working on their projects. Therefore, it is premature to predict the number of jobs that would be created by them. However, Narasapura is all set to become an industrial hub very soon.”
However, Vestian CEO Srinivas Rao said more than 400 Japanese companies, including NYK Logistics, Sumitomo Corporation, Mitsui, Canon, Komatsu, Sharp, NTT and Santen are busy making preparations to establish their units near Narasapur.:cheers:
Companies like Honda, Volvo, Bando, Mahindra, Toyota and Honda motorbikes already have their units in the area and are planning to expand. Narasapur falls within the proposed Bangalore - Chennai corridor and is also close to the Dhabol gas line.Meanwhile, the state government has acquired around 4,000 acres of land near Mulbagal, Kolar and Hoskote and has proposed to establish automobile parks in Hoskote and Kolar.:bash:
“At least 30,000 blue collared jobs and 10,000 white collared jobs would be created in the region. The real estate prices around Whitefield and its surrounding area are likely to rise as these areas would be the nearest habitable destinations for the work force,” Rao added.
June 27th, 2013, 10:10 PM
Illustrating on the other major investment projects coming up in the state Vidyashankar said Kolar and surrounding region is being developed as auto and auto auxiliary hub. "As Kolar is a dry area we will be supplying 60 million liters of tertiary treated water by drawing waste water from a place called Bellendur in Bangalore," he said
July 3rd, 2013, 02:25 PM
Railway minister announces an addl Rs 600 cr to the already sanctioned Rs 900 cr for the projects.
http://static.dnaindia.com/images/cache/1855988.jpg Union railway minster Mallikarjun Kharge (centre) presiding over a high-level meeting with railway board officials in Bangalore on Monday. - Mohan Kumar B N/DNA
Union railway minister Mallikarjun Kharge, on his first visit to the state after assuming charge, announced that an additional Rs 600 crore will be sanctioned to complete the pending railway projects in the state.
Kharge said some of the pending projects will be completed on priority basis and some on a war footing. After attending a review meeting with the three divisional general managers and state representatives, Kharge said:
He also said that the railways has decided to complete the following projects on priority basis: Kadur-Chikmagalur railway line by November 13, Kolar-Chikkaballapur railway line by December 13, Gadwal-Raichur railway line by August 2014, Kotige-Gulbarga railway line by December 2014 or 2015, Dharwad-Chinchgad railway track doubling and Humnabad-Gulbarga railway line.:banana:
July 10th, 2013, 03:22 PM
P.N. Srinivasachari Principal Secretary to Urban Development P.N. Srinivasachari, has been appointed Chairman of the Bangalore Development Authority.
A notification regarding the appointment has been issued on Tuesday
July 10th, 2013, 03:30 PM
SC clears global tenders to revive defunct gold mines in Kolar
The Supreme Court Tuesday approved the Central government's plan to float global tenders to revive the famous Kolar gold mines, 12 years after they were shut. :banana:
A bench led by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir recorded a 2006 cabinet decision to invite bids to run the mines, and to take appropriate subsequent steps.
The Kolar Gold Fields (KGF), which were nationalised in 1956 and handed over to state-run Bharat Gold Mines Ltd. (BGML), were shut down in 2001 after its operations turned uneconomical at lower price levels.
A legal long haul began after BGML employees and others went to court against the closure. In 2009, a single judge bench of the Karnataka High Court permitted the government to seek out "only global miners" to revive the mines. However, in August 2010, a division bench of the court directed that no global tenders should be floated, and asked the Centre to explore all possibilities to revive KGF on its own.
The matter travelled to the Supreme Court, where the Centre said that it supported the closure of the mines, and that the cabinet had taken a decision to float a global tender. The court admitted the petition in April 2011 and sought replies from other parties, including the BGML workers' co-operative.
On Tuesday, the court observed that no particular orders were required to be passed in the matter in view of the Centre's categorical stand on the global tender. Disposing of the batch of petitions, the court asked the government to indicate in its tender that the lease had been granted to BGML, which had, in turn, sub-leased 1,109 acres out of the total 12,095 acres to Bharat Earth Movers Ltd. The sub-lease ends in April 2014.
India, the world's leading consumer of gold, has 9 per cent of global reserves of the metal, estimated at 14,000 tonnes, but has largely failed to exploit this wealth because of policy handicaps and a lack of adequate investments and enabling environment for exploration and mining. The Kolar mines are one of the world's deepest.:banana:
August 1st, 2013, 08:32 PM
Honda starts Activa production at new Karnataka plant (http://overdrive.in/news/honda-starts-activa-production-at-new-karnataka-plant/)
Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. (HMSI) has rolled out the first batch of its Activa scooter from its new plant at Narsapura in Kolar district, Karnataka. This is Honda’s third plant in India.
“With this speedy ramp up, Honda has started production in the plant’s second line,” said Honda, in a statement.
HMSI started producing the Dream Yuga bike on the first line in June. With the first line up and running, the annual capacity of the plant was 12 lakh units. With the second line now operational, the total capacity has gone up to 18 lakh units. This will also help HMSI increase its total annual production from 28 lakh units last year to 46 lakh units in the coming year. This will mark a phenomenal 64% increase in one fiscal year.
“With Activa’s proven legacy of reliability and advanced features we have succeeded in selling 8 million units of Activa till date. It’s a happy moment for us as our new plant in Karnataka has begun rolling out our most popular selling scooter Activa from the second line,” said Keita Muramatsu, President and CEO, HMSI.
HMSI is the only two-Wheeler company to make it to the Top 5 auto companies list for the year. Not surprisingly, Fortune India has recognized Honda as the ‘Most Admired Company in the Indian Auto industry’ in 2013.
The Honda Activa scooter continues to be popular and typically commands a 4 to 6 month waiting list. Whether the additional supply will reduce this wait remains unclear. A dealer we spoke to did not indicate any change in delivery schedules.
August 12th, 2013, 07:11 PM
NHAI wants 2,300 hectares for Bangalore-Chennai Expressway
August 13th, 2013, 06:12 AM
Industrial training centre to come up near Vemgal
August 13th, 2013, 06:12 AM
New Kolar, Bangalore bus service launched
August 24th, 2013, 08:11 AM
Government to give 1,118 acres to railways
The State government agreed to give 1,118 acres of land free to set up Rail Coach Factory in Kolar, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister T B Jayachandra said on Friday.
The government will also appoint newly recruited assistant commissioners as land acquisition officers to acquire land for the pending railway projects in the State, he told reporters after a State Cabinet meeting. The Cabinet gave administrative approval for the project.
Of the 1,118 acres the Railways had sought, 550 acres is government land and the rest belongs to private individuals. The government would give 1,118 acres free of cost to Railways and it would also bear 50 per cent of cost of the project. The State earmarked `25 crore for land acquisition, he added.
Jayachandra said the government had to release `700 crore as its share for the project. Besides, it had to bear water charges amounting to around `50 crore and electricity charges of around Rs 100 crore. “I have suggested the government to put the newly recruited assistant commissioners as land acquisition officers for railway projects. They will work wherever there is a need for acquiring land for railway projects. Delay in handing over land has been one of the major complaints that the Railways has against the state government”, he said.
September 5th, 2013, 07:35 PM
Honda will invest 490Cr more in its Narsapura plant :-)
September 24th, 2013, 05:51 AM
New Vemagal industrial layout @ KOLAR
September 25th, 2013, 06:08 AM
Foundation stone laying ceremony for MSME Technology center.
@ New Vemagal @ KOLAR
October 12th, 2013, 06:25 AM
KOLAR WILL GET.........
October 12th, 2013, 06:25 AM
October 12th, 2013, 12:14 PM
Kolar is set to become a big industrial town,hope water issue is addressed
October 19th, 2013, 06:09 AM
x post ......
Proposal for Production Zone in Gulbarga & Kolar
November 27th, 2013, 06:29 AM
ಕೋಲಾರದಿಂದ ಕಾಲ್ತೆಗೆಯುತ್ತಿರುವ ಉದ್ಯಮಗಳು
ಕೋಲಾರ: ತಾಲೂಕಿನ ನರಸಾಪುರದ ಕೈಗಾರಿಕಾ ಪ್ರದೇಶದಲ್ಲಿ ಇತ್ತೀಚಿನ ದಿನಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ನಡೆಯುತ್ತಿರುವ ಪ್ರತಿಭಟನೆಗೆ ಬೆದರಿದ ಹೋಂಡಾ ಕಾರು ಮತ್ತು ಹೀರೊ ಬೈಕ್ ಕಂಪನಿಗಳು ಬೇರೆ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆ ಹಾಗೂ ರಾಜ್ಯಗಳಿಗೆ ಪಲಾಯನ ಮಾಡಿವೆ. ಇದರಿಂದಾಗಿ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಯ ಹಾಗೂ ಸ್ಥಳೀಯ ನಿರುದ್ಯೋಗಿ ಯುವಕರಿಗೆ ಸಿಗಬಹುದಾಗಿದ್ದ ಉದ್ಯೋಗಾವಕಾಶಗಳು ಕೈತಪ್ಪಿದಂತಾಗಿದೆ.
ಸರಕಾರ ಕೆಐಎಡಿಬಿ ಮೂಲಕ ನರಸಾಪುರದಲ್ಲಿ ರೈತರ ನೂರಾರು ಎಕರೆ ಪ್ರದೇಶವನ್ನು ಸ್ವಾಧೀನಪಡಿಸಿಕೊಂಡು ಕೈಗಾರಿಕಾ ಪ್ರದೇಶ ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿಪಡಿಸಿದೆ. ಒಂದು ವರ್ಷದಿಂದ ಈ ಪ್ರದೇಶದಲ್ಲಿ ಬಹುರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಕಂಪನಿಗಳಾದ ಹೋಂಡಾ, ಸ್ಕ್ಯಾನಿಯಾ, ಮಹೀಂದ್ರಾ ಅಂಡ್ ಮಹೀಂದ್ರಾ ಸೇರಿದಂತೆ ಬಿಡಿ ಭಾಗಗಳನ್ನು ಉತ್ಪಾದಿಸುವ ಹಲವು ಕಂಪನಿಗಳು ಕೋಟ್ಯಂತರ ರೂ. ಬಂಡವಾಳ ಹೂಡಿ ಕೈಗಾರಿಕೆಗಳನ್ನು ಆರಂಭಿಸಿವೆ. ಇನ್ನೂ ಹಲವು ಕಂಪನಿಗಳು ತಲೆ ಎತ್ತಲಿವೆ.
ಕೈಗಾರಿಕೆ ಸ್ಥಾಪಿಸಲು ಭೂಮಿ ನೀಡಿದ ಕುಟುಂಬಕ್ಕೆ ಉದ್ಯೋಗ ನೀಡಬೇಕೆಂದು ಸರಕಾರ ಕೈಗಾರಿಕೋದ್ಯಮಿಗಳಿಗೆ ಸೂಚನೆ ನೀಡಿದೆ. ಅದರಂತೆ ಈಗ ಆರಂಭವಾಗಿರುವ ಹತ್ತಾರು ಕೈಗಾರಿಕೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಭೂಮಿ ನೀಡಿದ ರೈತರ ಕುಟುಂಬದಲ್ಲಿ ತಲಾ ಒಬ್ಬರಿಗೆ ವಿದ್ಯಾರ್ಹತೆಗೆ ಅನುಗುಣವಾಗಿ ಉದ್ಯೋಗ ನೀಡಿದೆ. ಆದರೆ ಸ್ಥಳೀಯ ಉದ್ಯೋಗ ನೀಡುವಲ್ಲಿ ಕಂಪನಿಗಳು ತಾರತಮ್ಯ ಎಸಗುತ್ತಿವೆ ಎಂಬ ಆರೋಪ ಶಾಸಕರಾದಿಯಾಗಿ ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕರು, ಸಂಘ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಗಳು, ಸ್ಥಳೀಯರಿಂದ ವ್ಯಕ್ತವಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ.
ಈ ಮಧ್ಯೆ, ಕಳೆದ ಕೆಲ ತಿಂಗಳಿಂದ ನರಸಾಪುರದ ಕೈಗಾರಿಕಾ ಪ್ರದೇಶದಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರತಿಭಟನೆಯ ಕಾವು ಹೆಚ್ಚುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಸ್ಥಳೀಯರಿಗೆ ಉದ್ಯೋಗ ನೀಡದಿರುವುದು, ಕಾರ್ಮಿಕರನ್ನು ಕೆಲಸದಿಂದ ವಜಾಗೊಳಿಸಿರುವ ಕಾರಣಗಳನ್ನು ಮುಂದಿಟ್ಟುಕೊಂಡು ಕೆಲ ಸಂಘಟನೆಗಳ ಮುಖಂಡರು ಸ್ಥಳೀಯರೊಂದಿಗೆ ಸೇರಿಕೊಂಡು ಕೈಗಾರಿಕೆಗಳ ಎದುರು ಆಗಾಗ್ಗೆ ಪ್ರತಿಭಟನೆ ನಡೆಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದು ಈ ಪ್ರಕರಣಗಳು ದೊಡ್ಡ ಮಟ್ಟದಲ್ಲಿ ವ್ಯತಿರಿಕ್ತ ಸಂದೇಶವನ್ನು ನೀಡುತ್ತಿವೆ.
ಕಂಪನಿಗಳ ಪಲಾಯನ: ಪ್ರತಿಭಟನೆಯಿಂದ ನರಸಾಪುರಕ್ಕೆ ಬರಬೇಕಿದ್ದ ಹೋಂಡಾ ಕಾರು ಕಂಪನಿ ಗುಜರಾತಿಗೆ ಸ್ಥಳಾಂತರಗೊಂಡಿದೆ. ಕಾರಿನ ಘಟಕಕ್ಕೆ ಮೀಸಲಿಟ್ಟಿದ್ದ ಹತ್ತಾರು ಎಕರೆ ಪ್ರದೇಶವನ್ನು ಹೋಂಡಾ ಕಂಪನಿ ಸದ್ಯಕ್ಕೆ ಬೇರೆ ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ಕೆ ಬಳಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತಿದೆ.
ತಾಲೂಕಿನ ವೇಮಗಲ್*ನಲ್ಲಿ 666 ಎಕರೆ ಪ್ರದೇಶದ ಕೈಗಾರಿಕಾ ಪ್ರಾಂಗಣವನ್ನು ಕಳೆದ ತಿಂಗಳ ಹಿಂದಷ್ಟೇ ಮುಖ್ಯಮಂತ್ರಿ ಸಿದ್ದರಾಮಯ್ಯ ಉದ್ಘಾಟಿಸಿದ್ದರು. ಇಲ್ಲಿ 18 ಕೈಗಾರಿಕೆಗಳು 724 ಕೋಟಿ ರೂ. ಬಂಡವಾಳ ಹೂಡಿಕೆ ಮಾಡಲಿವೆ. ಟಾಟಾ, ಜಿಎಸ್*ಕೆಯಂತಹ ಬೃಹತ್ ಕಂಪನಿಗಳು ಬಂಡವಾಳ ಹೂಡಲು ಆಸಕ್ತಿ ವಹಿಸಿವೆ. ಈ ಪೈಕಿ ಹೀರೋ ಬೈಕ್ ಕಂಪನಿ ತನ್ನ ಉತ್ಪಾದನಾ ಘಟಕವನ್ನು ತೆರೆಯಲು ಮುಂದಾಗಿತ್ತು. ಇಲ್ಲಿನ ವಾತಾವರಣವನ್ನು ಗಮನಿಸಿದ ಕಂಪನಿ ಕೋಲಾರ ಸೂಕ್ತವಲ್ಲ ಎಂಬ ನಿರ್ಧಾರಕ್ಕೆ ಬಂದು ಧಾರವಾಡ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಯತ್ತ ಮುಖ ಮಾಡಿದೆ.
ರೌಡಿ ಶೀಟ್ ತೆರೆಯಲು ಸೂಚನೆ: ಡಿಸಿ
ನರಸಾಪುರ-ಮಾಲೂರು ಕೈಗಾರಿಕಾ ಪ್ರಾಂಗಣದಲ್ಲಿರುವ ಕೈಗಾರಿಕೆಗಳ ಮುಂದೆ ದಾಂಧಲೆ ನಡೆಸುವವರ ಮೇಲೆ ರೌಡಿ ಶೀಟ್ ತೆರೆದು ಕ್ರಮ ಕೈಗೊಳ್ಳುವಂತೆ ಜಿಲ್ಲಾ ರಕ್ಷಣಾಧಿಕಾರಿಗೆ ಸೂಚಿಸಿರುವುದಾಗಿ ಜಿಲ್ಲಾಧಿಕಾರಿ ಡಿ.ಕೆ.ರವಿ ಸೂಚಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ.
ಈ ಕುರಿತು ಮಾಹಿತಿ ನೀಡಿರುವ ಅವರು, ''ಕೋಟ್ಯಂತರ ರೂ. ಬಂಡವಾಳ ಹೂಡಿ ಕೈಗಾರಿಕೆಗಳನ್ನು ಸ್ಥಾಪಿಸುವ ಮೂಲಕ ಇಲ್ಲಿನ ಜನರಿಗೂ ಉದ್ಯೋಗಾವಕಾಶ ಕಲ್ಪಿಸಿರುವ ಕೈಗಾರಿಕೆಗಳಿಗೆ ರಕ್ಷಣೆ ನೀಡುವುದು ನಮ್ಮೆಲ್ಲರ ಜವಾಬ್ದಾರಿ. ಪ್ರತಿಭಟನೆ ನಡೆಸುವುದರಿಂದ ಸ್ಥಳೀಯ ಜನರಿಗೆ ನಷ್ಟವಾಗಲಿದೆ. ಬಂಡವಾಳ ಇರುವವರು ಎಲ್ಲಿ ಬೇಕಾದರೂ ಹೋಗಿ ವ್ಯವಹಾರ ನಡೆಸಲು ಸಿದ್ಧವಿರುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಇದನ್ನು ಅರಿತು ಕೈಗಾರಿಕೆಗಳನ್ನು ಜನರ ಮಿತ್ರರೆಂದು ತಿಳಿದುಕೊಂಡು ಅವರಿಗೆ ಸಹಕಾರ ನೀಡಬೇಕು,'' ಎಂದು ಕೋರಿದರು.