Road rage: Potholes in Kodagu to be named after ministers
Fed up with the condition of the roads in Kodagu, the villagers of Kanive near Kushalnagar have come up with a novel idea to draw the attention of the rulers in Bangalore to the worsening condition of the roads.
The villagers have sought the ‘permission’ of Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa to name the potholes on the roads after the ministers in the Cabinet. They have hinted that the biggest pothole could even be named after the Chief Minister himself.
This shows the desperation of the people of Kodagu to their neglect by the rulers of Karnataka. The villagers are horrified by the condition of the road linking Kushalnagar to Hassan. The authorities have not responded to the appeal of the villagers to attend to their woes.
The ‘pothole contest’ comes close on the heels of a road blockade held by the people of south Kodagu. Last Wednesday, the villagers of Kanoor, Kutta, Shrimangala, Hudikeri, Nalkeri, Birunani and Ponnampet observed a successful and peaceful bandh against the condition of the roads.
The Deputy Commissioner Ashwath Narayana Gowda visited the affected areas and assured the villagers that the administration would try to improve the condition of the roads. In the past, such assurances have not been kept up by the district administration.