Where the Cauvery begins, feeder streams running dry

The Cauvery dispute between Karnataka and TN is much deeper. The central issue is complete mismanagement of water all these years. The region which were once surplus water units are deep in deficit. Most of us who have childhood memories of seeing river/streams full of water are just dreams now. It is unimaginable to today’s children that there was indeed water at these places.

River Cauvery ‘s feeder streams which originate in Coorg are running dry. Reason – cutting if tress, overconstruction, change in weather patterns etc..

A stream runs beside the first coffee estate that comes into view afterNagarahole National Park in Kodagu district. The tree line and rolling hills may be green, but the water is brown and filthy with plastic snagged in the rocky outcrop midstream.

Most of the brooks that run through the district before joining the Cauvery are in the same state. The hundreds of streams that feed the river are polluted or nearly dry, and unbridled use of groundwater for construction has depleted the water table.The Cauvery originates in its backyard, but Kodagu faced a water shortage last December. e last December.

Kodagu district is seeing a con struction boom , fuelled by the demand for villas in the hills, farmhouses, homestays and retreats.“Somwarpet taluk officials got a request from a builder wanting to construct a hospital in Suntikoppa. Soon we came to know that he is building villas in a coffee estate and selling them as farmhouses,” said Roy Bopanna, a Madikeri resident.

Conservationists say rainfall patterns have changed in Kodagu, and sand mining, conversion of wetlands and paddy fields into realty sites, encroachment of the riverbed and increasing human-animal conflict are changing the ecol ogy of the region.

“About 2,800 acres of land has been converted in the last 10 years. There are over 60 resorts in Kodagu. Do we need more?” asked Col (retd) C P Muthanna, president, Coorg Wildlife Society. “Builders from Bengaluru have come here in droves and violated all rules to convert eco-sensitive areas into resorts, retreats and layouts,” he said.

 Kodagu district minister MR Seetharam, who took charge in June, said he has stopped conversion of land.”Anybody owning a large coffee estate and seeking permission for construction of a home for himself within five cents of the estate will get permission. Besides that, no permission for conversion has been given from August. Conversion beyond one or two acres has not been allowed after I took charge,” he said.
Same story across places in India..

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