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Death sentence to Kali Valley? 22.8.2017 Deccan Herald - Opinion
A Karnataka cabinet subcommittee has taken a decision to reduce the protective nature of the forest cover under Ecologically Sensitive Zones (ESZ) in Kali Valley from 1,202 sq km to 312 sq km. This is endorsed by the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change in Delhi (MoEFCC). The collusion of the state and central governments, with different political thoughts, is a definitive indicator of the way our natural resources are appropriated by the powerful elite, tweaking rules and regulations on their own behalf. Kali Valley is part of the fragile Western Ghats region on the border of Karnataka and Goa in Uttara Kannada district. Although the Kali River originates only 32 km from the coast, it traverses 183 km majestically in the midst of Kali Valley to join the Arabian Sea at Karwar. The catchment forests in the valley, covering 1,890 sq km, are well-known as biodiversity hotspots, hosting the world-famous Dandeli teak, hornbills, and rich flora with rare medicinal plants. The 2006 declaration of ...
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Key depts divided on waterways proposal for 11 rivers in state 9.8.2017 deccanherald.com
The Centre's ambitious plan to develop 11 rivers in Karnataka as National Waterways to enable transport of goods has not gone down too well with the Water Resources Department, which has questioned the very feasibility of the idea. The Public Works Department (PWD), however, is in favour of the project. The management of rivers comes under the Water Resources Department, whereas ports and inland water transport belong to the PWD. Last year, the Centre notified 106 river canals as National Waterways, including 11 in Karnataka: Bhima, Ghataprabha, Gurupura, Kabini, Kali, Malaprabha, Netravathi, Panchagangavali (Panchagangoli), Sharavathi, Tungabhadra and Udayavara. The Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI), under the Nitin Gadkari-led Shipping Ministry, has estimated Rs 25,000 crore to develop national waterways, which are "well in line to become the lifeline of the country." "There are practical difficulties. Karnataka's river basin is not suitable for waterways. There are already dams and barrages ...
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Great Canara Trails to be re-routed to bypass Kali Tiger Reserve 28.7.2017 Deccan Herald - News
The route of Great Canara Trails, the most-awaited forest trekking and canopy walk in Karnataka, will now change. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting between Forest Department officials and representatives of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) on Friday. "We have decided to alter the route of the 257-km trail, as 97 km of it passes through core areas including the pristine Kali Tiger Reserve. Since the NTCA did not approve of the original route and the project was delayed for long, it was decided to alter the route. The project is very much on track and we aim to open the route after the monsoon," Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife) P Anur Reddy told DH. The new route will be redone by the Karnataka Eco Tourism Development Board (KEDB) and deputy conservators of forests of all forest areas. A formal announcement will be made thereafter. The route will be changed wherever the trail passes through the core areas. The maximum changes will be done in the Kali Tiger ...
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Mhadei case: K’taka’s witness agrees to overestimation 14.7.2017 TOI: Goa
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The bridge to a better life 12.6.2017 Deccan Herald - Supplements
We could not afford to fall ill during the monsoons until the bridge was built," recalls Gopal Bhat of Shivapura village in Uttara Kannada. The district has many such villages that are surrounded by rivers or backwaters and thus cut-off from the mainland. For example, though Shivapura is in Joida taluk, reaching the taluk centre was difficult for the villagers as one had to cover a distance of 40 km on non-motorable roads crossing hills and forests in the Kali Tiger Reserve. While Yellapur town is just 20 km away with good road connectivity, the backwaters of Kodsalli Dam blocked the access throughout the year. Barge was the only means of transport and people always lived in a state of readiness to manage the situations. Circumstances have changed for the better after a suspension footbridge (SFB) was constructed across the backwaters two years ago. Shivapura Bridge has not only connected two taluks, but also improved the lives of people and boosted tourism in the region. "Shivapura has become a tourist ...
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Watch: The first kayaking festival in Kali river, Dandeli 3.6.2017 Hindu: Home
Over 160 kayakers participate in the event that will put Karnataka on the “white water map”
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Go Kayaking in Kali river 3.6.2017 Hindu: Home
Showcasing Karnataka’s potentials as an adventure tourism destination, the three-day kayaking festival in Kali river in Dandeli saw great enthusiasm from both participants and spectators. On day two, ...
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‘Kali Kayak Festival’ from tomorrow 1.6.2017 Hindu: Cities
Over 125 persons to participate in white water kayaking on Kali river
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Putting Karnataka on the adventure tourism map 26.4.2017 Hindu: National
From straightforward invitations encouraging tourists to visit Karwar beach or the Mysuru Palace, the State’s tourism pitch has now veered towards showcasing Karnataka as an exciting destination for a...
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The hills are far from alive 17.4.2017 HBL: Home
Ill-conceived ‘developmental’ projects along the Western Ghats are vitiating the water crisis
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Tanks that served Uttara Kannada 17.4.2017 TOI: Bangalore Times
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Proposed 'Canara trail' illegal, threat to biodiversity; scrap it 1.1.2017 Deccan Herald - Analysis
The proposal of the Forest Department to open 270 km-long trekking trail through one of the most pristine forests of Uttara Kannada is a threat to biodiversity conservation. The proposal is to open India's longest forest trekking and canopy walk from Jog Falls in Shivamogga district to Castle Rock in Uttara Kannada district. The places covered on route are Jog Falls, Kattekan, Garuda Jog, Unchalli, Devimane Ghat, Shivaganga Falls, Ganesh Falls, Bedti river valley, Lalguli, Kali River, Shivapura in Anshi, Ulavi, Kumarwada, Kuveshi, Diggi and Castle Rock. The 108 km of this trek between Ulavi and Castle Rock is planned to be opened in the first phase, of which 97 km falls in Kali Tiger Reserve. A total of 27 places for halt along the route have been proposed to be developed with camping facilities like temporary structures and tents for accommodation etc. This itself would to an ecological disaster. Already there is uncontrolled/unregulated flow of tourist in these areas and nothing is done to reverse the ...
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The diversity that lies beneath 26.12.2016 Deccan Herald - Supplements
We had gone for trekking the whole day in the forests of Kali River valley when we decided to halt at Padshet, a village located in Joida taluk, Uttara Kannada district. There were only two houses in this remote village deep inside the forest, and all the residents welcomed us heartily, even though we had arrived in the middle of the night. The settings of the houses were simple. While we settled down in one house, a woman went outside and opened a stone slab behind the house. We were surprised to see bundles of tuber crops under it in mud holes. Tubers, in fact, play an important role in the culture of the Kunbi people, settled in and around Kali River valley. Kunbis migrated and settled in the forests of Joida taluk in the 16th century, when the Portuguese invaded Goa. Even now Kunbi families spend about 90 days in Goa every year and take up income-generation activities. During the rest of the year, they engage in subsistence farming. It is their tradition to offer boiled tubers with honey when guests ...
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Dharavi kids set their sights on 100km adventure trail 8.12.2016 TOI: Mumbai
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State looks to Germany for inflatable rubber dams 23.10.2016 Hindu: Bangalore
The State government is considering a proposal that would see inflatable rubber dams being deployed across small rivers in the hope of “storing power” during rain.Energy Minister D.K. Shivakumar, who ...
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The Niagara of Uttara Kannada 17.10.2016 Deccan Herald - Supplements
Sathodi Falls, best known as the Niagara of Uttara Kannada, is one of the popular tourist attractions in the district. This waterfalls near Yellapur is formed by a rivulet, Dabbesala, which cascades down from a height of about 50 feet, before joining River Kali. The falls is about 30 km from Yellapur. One has to travel about five km on Yellapur-Hubballi Road (National Highway 63) and take a left turn from there and drive for 25 km. From there, one has to walk for about 800 metres into a thick forest to reach the majestic waterfalls. Sathodi Falls is perennial and the ideal time to visit is from September to March. Watching the serene nature and water gushing down to the natural rock formations is an exhilarating experience in itself. Though it is a comparatively safer place to play in the waters, going close to the cascade can prove dangerous. Since there is no public transport to the place, one has to depend on private vehicles. Earlier, the road leading to the falls was not motorable. But recently, the ...
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On a scenic & spiritual journey 3.10.2016 Deccan Herald - Supplements
Our visit to Sri Brahmi Durgaparameshwari Temple in Kamalashile happens by chance. As we drive from Udupi to Kollur, our planned destination, we make an impulsive digression upon seeing a board indicating the Kamalashile Temple. We drive through a dense forest area for over 15 km before coming upon the serene and tranquil environs of Kamalashile. At the entrance courtyard of the temple is a 75-feet-tall dhwaja sthamba (flag staff) crafted from the wood of a single kiral bhogi tree. About 200 kg of silver has been used to cover the sacred pole, which is embellished with carvings of deities. The temple was destroyed in the floods of 1968, but was rebuilt using the wood of jackfruit and kiral bhogi trees. The origins The origins of the temple date back to Tretha Yuga, according to the temple priest Guru Prasad. The presiding deity is Sri Brahmi Durgaparameshwari, who is believed to be a divine combination of goddesses Kali, Lakshmi and Saraswati and is worshipped in the form of a linga. However, legend has ...
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Govt to promote Karwar beaches to woo foreigners 18.8.2016 Hubli - City - The Times of India
Tourism in Uttara Kannada district is all set to get a big boost.The Karnataka government is making all out efforts to be on par with the neighbouring Goa by developing necessary infrastructure to promote tourism.
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Citizens beware!: 15 rivers in State including Cauvery are contaminated 14.8.2016 Star of Mysore
Citizens beware!: 15 rivers in State including Cauvery are contaminated
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Rains are good, but dam levels continue to dip 3.8.2016 The Hindu: Today's Paper
Rains are good, but dam levels continue to dip
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