Hunsur-Gonikoppal Road: Is Minister Appachu Ranjan playing political one-upmanship?
Is Kodagu in-charge minister M.P. Appachu Ranjan indulging in political one-upmanship to cover up his failure to start work on the repair of Hunsur-Gonikoppal Road?
In an interview given to Kodagu’s Shakthi Kannada daily newspaper, Appachu Ranjan who is also Karnataka’s Sports minister has made sarcastic comments against the editor of the news portal www.coorgtourisminfo.com who has launched a campaign against the authorities and politicians for failing to improve the condition of the Kodagu roads.
It may be recalled that the editor of the news portal P.T. Bopanna had submitted a memorandum to Governor Hans Raj Bhardwaj on behalf of the people of Kodagu, urging him to direct the government to repair the Hunsur-Gonikoppal Road. Following this, the Governor’s office had not only forwarded the memorandum to the Principal Secretary, PWD, but also asked the latter to keep him informed on the action taken to repair the road.
In the interview to the daily, Appachu Ranjan stated: “Funds were released by the government not because of the memorandum to the Governor, but it was released much before the memorandum was submitted. If Bopanna is influential, then he can approach the Governor to get assent to the Jamma land Bill which has been rejected by the Governor.”
Meanwhile, road repair work has started in several parts of the district. According to reports, sub-standard work was being done on the Ponnampet Road. The work was stopped after members of the public protested against the shoddy work.
Work has also commenced on the Anechoukur-Thithimathi Road. Protests have broken out in several parts of Kodagu against bad roads.
Former MLC Arun Machaiah has alleged that though the Centre had sanctioned Rs 31.75 crore under the Inter-State Road Development Fund last September,the state government had failed to execute the work.
The former MLC stated that the amount was sanctioned following pressure from the Kerala government as the route to Kerala via H.D. Kote Road passing through Bandipur, was being closed between 6 p.m and 6 a.m., causing hardship to motorists.
EDITOR’S VIEW: Kodagu district in-charge minister should stop playing the game of political one-upmanship. People of Kodagu are fed up with the excuses given by the government. In spite of such widespread protests, work is yet to commence on Hunsur-Gonikoppal Road.
Even the opposition parties too have failed to perform their duties. The entire district administration in Kodagu is in a state of slumber.
The time has come for the people of Kodagu to become pro-active. It will not be a bad idea for the people to boycott the coming election to the Karnataka Assembly if the government fails to improve the road condition.