By P.T. Bopanna

Kodagu district administration seems to be in deep slumber even as geologists predict a repeat of landslides this year also on the lines of the devastation which struck Coorg last August.

The Kodagu district administration headed by deputy commissioner Annies Kanmani Joy (in picture) should gear up the official machinery and draw up contingency plans to meet the challenges that may arise out another round of landslides.

Following the outpouring of grief arising out last year’s man-made disaster, the general public in large numbers and various philanthropic organisations had donated large sums for relief and rehabilitation of the victims of the monsoon.

However, the high power committee headed by chief minister H.D. Kumaraswamy has failed to monitor the rehabilitation because of the chief minister’s involvement with Lok Sabha polls where his son Nikhil is facing a tough electoral battle.

When the chief minister laid the foundation stone for the construction of 840 houses in Kodagu last December 7, an irresponsible housing minister U T Khader  was quoted as saying that 55 houses will be built in one month.

None of the houses are ready even after four months and the monsoon is expected to arrive in the first week of June. Most of the houses are incomplete and unlikely to be ready by the end of May.

Victims affected by last year’s monsoon have to be again housed in the relief centres as the houses are incomplete. The district administration should complete the houses before the rains start.

Meanwhile, this year’s pre-monsoon showers have caused damages in several parts of the district and there is a sense of fear among the residents in the villages affected last time, including Jodupala, Monnangeri, Second Monnangeri, Tanthipala, Madenadu, Meghathalu, Yemmethalu, Kaloor and Hebbatageri. The debris of the earth which caved in last time have not been removed. There is a possibility they may slide down in the coming monsoon.

The highways connecting Madikeri still look vulnerable as only temporary measures were taken to restore the road link.

 The JD (S)-Congress government has to take the blame for delaying the rehabilitation though there has been no finance crunch as crores of rupees have come in to the special relief fund exclusively started for Kodagu.

The government has to be blamed for allowing the previous Kodagu deputy commissioner P.I. Sreevidya to proceed on two months leave under mysterious circumstances after she had initiated several measures to rebuild Kodagu. The government erred in transferring key officials involved in the rehabilitation exercise.

 The Kodagu administration has to work round-the-clock to complete the houses before the onset of monsoon.



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2 Responses

  1. Suresh Panje says:

    It is high time for both the authorities in the administration and the members of the civil society to remember this good old adage in Kannada:
    YUDDHA KALA DALLI SHASTRABHYASA to mean practising marksmanship after the declaration of the war…

    The essence of this adage is vital in all walks of life and in tune with the English proverb about prevention being better than cure, one wishes that all precautionary measures are in place…

  2. Ganapathi says:

    Hi, this is how our State government works nothing wrong because we elected them and we have to face the consequences. Relief materials, relief funds just vanished. Where did it go You know I know everyone knows but who’s going to question whom nobody knows and this’s how our elected representatives are swindling the tax payers money. God save our state.

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