Hunsur-Gonikoppal Road:Indifference of Kodagu MP Vishwanath
It is a matter of concern that Mysore Lok Sabha (which includes Kodagu also) member Adagur H. Vishwanath of the Congress Party, has remained silent on the poor condition of the Hunsur-Gonikoppal Road.
Being a Lok Sabha member from Kodagu, Viswanath’s attitude to the district, is nothing short of being callous because the entire stretch of the road from Hunsur to Gonikoppal is part of his Lok Sabha constituency.
While the BJP MLAs from Kodagu – M.P. Appachu Ranjan, Kodagu in-charge minister representing Madikeri constituency and Speaker K.G. Bopaiah, of the Virajpet constituency, have justifiably come under fire for the neglect of the roads and infrastructure in Kodagu, the MP from Kodagu, Vishwanath has managed to stay clear from the public ire.
It is time that Vishwanath explained to the people of Kodagu on his contributions to the development of the district. He should also inform the people as to how much funds he has spent on Kodagu from his MP Area Development Fund.
Vishwanath may try to wriggle out of the issue by claiming that Hunsur-Gonikoppal Road is part of a state highway and comes under the jurisdiction of the state government.
According to former MLC Arun Machaiah, the Centre had given technical sanction for the Hunsur-Gonikoppal Road involving Rs 31.75 crore under the Inter-State Road Development Fund in September. Vishwanath should explain what action he had taken for implementing the Central scheme as it was his duty to follow-up on the issue being member of the Lok Sabha.
Machaiah had stated that the Centre had sanctioned the amount due to pressure from the Kerala government following restriction on the movement of vehicles through Bandipur forest. It shows that Vishwanath had no role in the sanction of the amount from the Centre where his Congress party is in power.
Vishwanath should also explain the steps he has taken to upgrade the status of state highways passing through Kodagu to the status of national highways.
Reports suggest that Vishwanath is busy in trying to launch his son in politics and has been neglecting his work as an MP.
It is a tragedy that Kodagu lost the exclusive Lok Sabha seat it had when it was part of a ‘C’ State. Since then, Kodagu was mostly under the Mangalore Lok Sabha constituency and recently it has become part of the Mysore constituency. Kodagu had the misfortune of being represented in the Lok Sabha by such comic characters like Janardhana Poojari.
In recent years, the MP representing Kodagu has never been from the Kodagu area, but thrust upon from outside. This has led to a lot of disenchantment. At least, the major political parties should pick up a candidate for Lok Sabha from the Kodagu region on a rotation basis.
It is the lack of sensitivity on the part of the political parties and the repeated neglect of the region that has led the people of Kodagu to think that they have become political orphans in their own land.