Stop the unnecessary cutting of 50,000 trees in Kodagu District of Karnataka for a power line to a neighbouring state.
Lakhs of people in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu depend on the river water created by Kodagu’s forests. But under the influence of timber merchants from a neighboring state, who stand to benefit monetarily, the political leaders in Kodagu (Coorg) and Bangalore, have given permission for the cutting of 50,000 trees in Kodagu’s forests.
The trees are being cut in a 52 metre (170 feet) wide passage for a length of 55 km through Kodagu's forests and estates to make room for high-tension wires which can easily be taken through another route which is ecologically, less damaging. The cables can even be taken underground like was done in Gujarat. This was done in 2011, due to the death of hundreds of migratory birds that came in contact with the High Tension Cables. The same Power Grid Corporation of India has also floated tenders for taking the entire High Tension Transmission Lines Underground in Navi Mumbai.
The River Cauvery is born in Kodagu's forests, forests are the mothers of rivers and we - the people of Kodagu, Mandya, Mysore, Bangalore and all the villages and towns of Tamil Nadu through which theRiver Cauvery passes, from Dharmapuri and Erode to Thanjavur and Poompuhar– request that you support this petition of the Save Cauvery Forum.
It is time that powerful businessmen and political leaders understood that these forests belong to the people. The rains and rivers they generate support the livelihood of lakhs of people in both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
Help us to stop the currently ongoing cutting of 50,000 irreplaceable trees. "The health of the hills is the wealth of the plains."
Once you sign the petition please email the Chief Minister of Karnataka and mark a CC to the other four individuals concerned. Together, they have the power to stop this ecological disaster.
Chief Minister of Karnataka at firstname.lastname@example.org
Karnataka State Minister for Ecology & Environment at email@example.com
District In-Charge Minister (who is also the Karnataka State Home Minister)
President of India at firstname.lastname@example.org
Union Minister for Environment & Forests
When you email the ministers feel free to use the content given below, in your email.
We the people of Kodagu, Mandya, Mysore, Bangalore and all the villages and towns of Tamil Nadu through which theRiver Cauvery passes - from Dharmapuri and Erode to Thanjavur and Poompuhar– request that you stop the cutting of 50,000 trees in Kodagu.
Kodagu’s forests belong to the people, and not to the timber merchants of Kerala, who are now dictating terms in the way our State uses its forest resources. Our forests give birth to the River Cauvery, and it has since time immemorial supported agriculture and many ways of life in all the above named regions.
We have reason to believe the high-tension wires can easily be taken through another route which is ecologically, less damaging. The wires can even be taken underground like was done in Gujarat.
We are asking you, the Chief Minister of Karnataka, the Karnataka State Minister for Ecology & Environment, the Kodagu District In-Charge Minister (who is also the Karnataka State Home Minister), the Union Minister for Environment & Forests and the President of India - to put a stop to this ecological disaster in the making.
Stop the ongoing killing of 50,000 irreplaceable trees in Kodagu. "The health of the hills is the wealth of the plains."
Lohith Chengappa M
There can definitely be an alternate solution (underground cables) or the cables can be routed through an alternate way. Please, please do not imbalance the already fragile ecosystem. Kodagu has it fare share of power cuts both in the monsoon and summer seasons. The people do not have water supply in summer (even though river Cauvery rises and flows here), but Cauvery water is supplied to all other districts in which she flows. Please stop the injustice happening to the land and the people of the land.
Respected Sir, Please try to find alternative solution to this; there are many multinational companies capable of providing better alternative to overhead cables. Thanking You, Always respecting Our true leaders, Madan. A . M Kodagu
STOP THIS NOW MR. CM
Lohith Chengappa M2 days ago
Madan3 days ago
Kuttappa Iynanda3 days ago
- We are now live!