Governor directs government to repair Hunsur-Gonikoppal Road
In a major development, Governor Hans Raj Bhardwaj has directed the Karnataka government to immediately take up work on the repair of the Hunsur-Gonikoppal Road, linking Mysore and Kodagu districts.
Responding to a memorandum submitted to the Governor by the editor of www.coorgtourisminfo.com on behalf of the people of Kodagu, the Governor’s office has sought a report on the action taken to repair the road which is in a pathetic condition.
In a letter to the Principal Secretary to the Public Works Department, the Governor’s Secretary stated: “I am directed to forward herewith the representation dated November 13, 2012, of Sri P.T. Bopanna, Bangalore, for taking the work early. Report on action taken on this matter may kindly be intimated to this Secretariat.”
During a news conference at Madikeri on November 12, Bopanna had drawn the attention of the Governor to the condition of the Hunsur-Gonikoppal Road in particular, and the Kodagu roads in general. The Governor had sought a memorandum on the issue and assured to direct the government. The Governor had pointed out that Kodagu had become an important tourist destination and it was the duty of the government to ensure proper road connectivity.
www.coortourisminfo.com, Kodagu’s first news portal, has been active in highlighting the bad condition of the road. A memorandum on the condition of the road was sent in August, 2012, to the Speaker of the Assembly, K.G. Bopaiah, who represents the Virajpet constituency in the Assembly, and to Appachu Ranjan, district-in-charge minister for Kodagu and also the Madikeri MLA.
Responding to the issue in the media, Bopaiah and Appachu had assured that work on the repair of the road will commence in November, 2012. However, there is no sign of any work being taken up on the road.
Further, through the website www.coorgtourisminfo.com, an online signature campaign was started in August, 2012, on the issue of the Hunsur-Gonikoppal Road. The campaign was registered with Petitions India, an online portal, where members of the public could register their online support. The petition was signed by 132 members.
Recently, opposition Congress and JD (S) parties had taken out marches to protest against the condition of the Hunsur-Gonikoppal Road.
People of Kodagu who are fed up with the road conditions are desperately hoping that the Governor’s diktat to the state government could finally see some action on the road front.