By P.T. Bopanna

In a move that will compromise the safety of Raja Seat, one of the most scenic spots in south India, the Kodagu deputy commissioner Annies K. Joy (in picture) has gone ahead with the construction of the ‘Coorg Village’ project, involving the putting up of a shopping complex in a hush-hush manner.

Sources said the whole project was kept under wraps till the public came to know about it last week when the foundation was being laid for the construction of the ‘Coorg Village’ (in picture) on a two-acre land near Raja Seat.

According to these sources, the deputy commissioner by-passed the local horticulture department which owns the land and got the sanction for the project directly from the state government.

What is worrying is the fact that less than 100 feet away from the location of the project, a major landslide had taken place in 2018.

It is disheartening to note that an IAS officer who heads the district administration and handled the calamities arising out the landslides which ripped through Kodagu in the last two years, should take up a project that could compromise the safety of Raja Seat.

The Raja Seat offers a breath-taking view of towering hills, green valleys, studded with paddy fields. It is fascinating to watch the road to Mangaluru like a curved ribbon lying in the valley. 

Meanwhile, Kodagu Hasireekarana president K G Harish has criticised the unilateral decision to go ahead with the project, without gathering public opinion. He has called for immediately stopping further construction.  

Reports said the project was taken up without floating tender. It is learnt that the project is being executed by Nirmithi Kendra which comes under the DC.

Harish was quoted as saying: “The construction of stalls near Raja Seat will increase traffic congestion and will also increase the garbage mess. There is a need to give priority to eco-friendly tourism. It is not right to spoil nature in the name of tourism promotion. The land owned by horticulture department should be earmarked for the park. The lake on the site should be rejuvenated.”

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4 Responses

  1. Sundar Muthanna says:

    No one in govt feels the need to ask local people and associations if they are OK with various projects.

    We have become irrelevant.

    First provide drinking water, proper power, parking, better traffic management, better disaster management and proper relief for victims of disasters.

    Can DC explain why this structure is being built sneakily without tenders, without press announcement and public consultation?

  2. Suresh Panje says:

    It is high time that the masses and the classes, not only from but across the state and the nation too must raise their voice to stop this blatant rape of Mother Nature by none other than the very guardian assigned by the government to take care of the entire district.
    Surely, certain vested interests, from the political arena as well as the trade and industry must be among the stakeholders in this project.and Annies Joy is dancing to their tunes…

  3. Nafeesa says:

    In my opinion, first priority should be given to maintain roads which are in a deplorable condition especially main roads leading to town hall and Raja seat., on the Whole, Madikeri roads needs attention from the concerned authorities

  4. Mehta says:

    In my opinion place like Raja Seat is so beautiful n scenic that should be maintained as people all over the place come to enjoy it.
    Malls are not good then there will be no difference between cities n hill stations.
    All needed is good roads .

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