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   REVENUE DEPT. LETTER SAYS IT’S ‘B KHARAB’ GOVT. LAND

Kurubarahalli Sy.No. 4 Land Row

Kurubarahalli Hitharakshana Samithi will meet on

Sept. 29 at 11 am to discuss future course of action

Mysuru, Sept. 27 - In a twist to the Kurubarahalli Survey No. 4 land controversy, the Revenue Department has now stated that the layouts that have been formed by the then City Improvement Trust Board (now MUDA) stood on “B Kharab” land that belongs to the Government.

In a letter to Mysuru Deputy Commissioner D. Randeep, Principal Secretary to the Government, Department of Revenue, Uday R. Nayak has mentioned that the land came under “B Kharab” category. Uday R. Nayak is also the “Peetadikari” of Revenue Department (Land Sanction-2).

The latest letter by the Revenue Department, the copy of which is with Star of Mysore, will add to the woes of the hapless residents who are yet to get “khata” for the property that they purchased from MUDA in 1970. The controversial land is located on both sides of the road leading to Chamundi Hill and spread over the Northern, Eastern and Western parts of the Hill and comes under Kurubarahalli Survey No. 4.

The letter that has been written on 24.08.2016 has the following subject line:

Sub: Excluding area acquisition formed for Siidartah layout and Vidhynagar layout in Sy. No. Kurubarahalli, Kasaba Hobli of Mysore Taluk and K.C. Layout in Sy.No. 41 of Alanahally Village and order issued by the Dy. Commissioner on 26-05-2015 by considering as “B” kharab-reg.

1. Letter No. L Q (4) 540/2005-06 dated 20-8-2015 of the Commissioner, Mysore Urban Development Authority,

2. Resolution of Mysore Urban Development Authority, dated 20-6-2015

3) Case No. R.R.T 540/2014-15 dt. 26-05-2015 and New Case No. R.R.T 541/2014-15 dt. 26.5.2015.

The content of the letter says:

“With reference to the subject cited above, copies of letter and (1) resolution ref. (2) enclosed with this. Since Dy. Commissioner has ordered that the land in Sy. No. 4 of Kurubaralli, Kasba Hobli, Mysore Taluk measuring 710.17 acres out of total acre 1543.00 and Sy.No. 4 of Alanahalli village, measuring 74 acres out of total acre 175 acre as “B’ kharab in the above reference (3) dt. 26-05-2015. Notification has been issued as per section 68 (5) of Karnataka Land Revenue Act 1964 and excluding from “B” kharab I am directed to request to submit proposal through Regional Commissioner with clear opinion on preference regarding sanctioned to Mysore Urban Development Authority.”

When SOM contacted an Advocate for clarification of the letter from the Principal Secretary, his cryptic response was, “I don’t understand. Ask the person who wrote that letter. Even the Survey No. is different in the text from the one mentioned in the subject.”

Residents meeting on Sept. 29

A meeting of Kurubarahalli Hitharakshana Samithi has been called on Sept. 29 to discuss the future course of action. The meeting has been called at the Ganesha Temple premises at Siddartha Layout.

Convener of the Samithi B.P. Manjunath told Star of Mysore that the meeting will begin at 11 am and legal experts, retired Revenue Department officials, MUDA officials and residents will brainstorm on the next course of action.

   SC BEGINS HEARING STATE’S PLEA ON CAUVERY

Bengaluru, Sept. 27 - As the Supreme Court was set to take up the Cauvery this afternoon, the Government machinery was all set to ward off trouble in case of an unfavourable order. Thousands of security forces have been summoned to the Krishna Raja Sagar (KRS) Dam, Bengaluru, Mysuru and Mandya.

The KRS Dam will have so much security that a mob of one lakh people could easily be prevented from laying siege to the Dam.

The Division Bench of the Supreme Court comprising Justice U.U. Lalit and Dipak Misra began the hearing of the case at 2 pm as we went to the press. An aggrieved Karnataka yesterday sought time till January from the Supreme Court to release more Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu as it needs the depleting quantity for drinking purpose.

In all, the SC will take up 7 interim petitions including that of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

Highly placed sources told Star of Mysore that intelligence reports have told the government that there might be trouble at KRS, Mandya and Bengaluru if at all the SC gives an unfavourable order. One Battalion from the Central force, platoons from KSRP, Indo-Tibetan Border Force and forces deployed in North Karnataka following the Mahadayi row have been shifted to maintain order in Bengaluru, Mandya and KRS.

FLASH NEWS

RELEASE WATER TO TAMIL NADU: The Supreme Court this afternoon ordered release of 6,000 cusecs of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu for two days from tomorrow, before adjourning the hearing for Sept. 30.

   CRISIS LOOMS LARGE AS KRS WATER LEVEL HITS ROCK BOTTOM

This was the first time since 1969 that Eastern and Western side of the reservoir have become visible, say officials

KRS (Mandya District) Sept.27- Water level at the Krishna Raja Sagar (KRS) Dam, the lifeline of farmers and people along the Cauvery basin, has hit rock bottom and the entire belt is staring at a severe drinking water crisis in the coming months.

According to Water Department officials, Mysuru and Bengaluru will be worst affected considering their dependency on Cauvery water. Water level at the KRS Dam yesterday stood at 14.602 TMC ft (87.68 ft) as against the maximum storage capacity of 124.80 ft (49.452 TMC ft). These water levels were revealed to a team of 75 journalists from Bengaluru who visited the dam yesterday.

There is an inflow of 325 cusecs from Hemavathi Dam, 6 cusecs from Lakshmanatheertha River, 2129 cusecs from Harangi Dam. At present, 269 cusecs of water is being released to fulfil the drinking water needs of Mysuru.

“We require 30 TMC ft of water for the drinking needs of Mysuru, Bengaluru and Mandya till May 2017 and we have only 14 TMC ft. Out of the existing water level, only water above the 74 ft. level can be used for drinking purpose and the rest is silt-filled dead storage,” officials said.

According to officials, this was the first time since 1969 that the Eastern and Western side of the reservoir have become visible (see pic). Lack of rains during the south-west monsoon has led to the present situation, they said.

“Two TMC ft water is required per month to meet the drinking water needs of Mysuru, Bengaluru and other towns as well as the villages in the Cauvery basin. Preserving the water to meet drinking purpose till May next is certainly a tough task. If the available water is not conserved, it is going to be tough even to get drinking water in the basin area,” the official added.

   MCC SUPPORTS GOVERNMENT’S STAND ON CAUVERY ROW

Mayor B.L. Bhyrappa, flanked by Dy. Mayor Vanitha Prasanna and MCC Commissioner G. Jagadeesha, seen addressing the Corporators at the MCC Special Council Meeting held yesterday.

Mysuru, Sept. 27 - The Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) Special Council Meeting held here yesterday, chaired by Mayor B.L. Bhyrappa, passed a resolution supporting the Government’s stand on the Cauvery water sharing dispute.

With the unanimous support of all Corporators behind him, Mayor B.L. Bhyrappa announced that the MCC fully backs the Karnataka Government’s stand that the available water in Cauvery basin reservoirs will be used only for drinking purpose.

The meeting also decided to appeal the Government to reserve 4.5 TMC of water for drinking needs for the city and neighbouring villages till June 2017.

Earlier, MLA Vasu, who addressed the meeting, suggested that the MCC should focus on water conservation, preservation of groundwater table and judicious use of available water.

Maintaining that all information relating to rainfall in Cauvery basin, water level in KRS, outflow and inflow in reservoirs and such other statistics are available with a Tamil Nadu-based persons who runs an office at Saraswathipuram, Vasu said that our officials should become more active regarding gathering appropriate and updated statistics on water availability in the Cauvery basin reservoirs.

Expressing concern over vanishing water bodies around the city, Vasu said that one foundation of layouts on tank beds had added to water woes.

Cautioning that the city’s iconic Kukkarahalli Lake too would become dry if no measures are taken for water conservation, the MLA expressed concern over depleting groundwater and asked the authorities to wake up before it was too late.

Continuing, Vasu said that he had written to the Chief Minister on the depleting water level at KRS on June 24, following which the CM and Water Resources Minister M.B. Patil took measures to reduce outflow from KRS dam.

Claiming that continuous release of water then would have posed serious drinking water problem to the city, he advised the MCC to form a Panel comprising water experts to ensure conservation of water bodies.

While Corporators Nandish Preetam and M.V. Ramprasad batted for National Water Policy to end water sharing disputes across the county, former Mayors Ayub Khan and H.N. Srikantaiah called for the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to end the Cauvery row.

Deputy Mayor Vanitha Prasanna, MCC Commissioner G. Jagadeesha, former Mayors Purushotham, Pushpalatha Chikkanna and R. Lingappa, Corporators J.S. Jagadish, K.T. Cheluvegowda, Girish Prasad, K.V. Mallesh, Shivakumar, Snake Shyam & Shoukat Pasha and others attended the meeting.

   NO MEDICOS IN 16 PHCS ACROSS THE DISTRICT

KDP progress review meeting expresses concern over rising cases of dengue, chikungunya

Zilla Panchayat President Nayeema Sulthana and others at the KDP progress review meeting held at ZP auditorium yesterday.

Mysuru, Sept. 27 - The Health Department is facing acute shortage of staff with 16 Primary Health Centres (PHC) in the district having no doctors at all. Apart from this, many posts, including doctors and pharmacists are lying vacant in the district.

This came to light during the progress review meeting of Karnataka Development Programme (KDP) that took place at the Zilla Panchayat auditorium here yesterday.

Expressing displeasure over the issue, ZP Social Justice Standing Committee President Beerihundi Basavanna questioned the use of the PHCs when there were no doctors.

He demanded the officials concerned to take measures to fill all the vacant posts immediately.

Expressing concern over rising cases of dengue and chikungunya in the district, the members asked the Health Dept. officials to stop breeding of mosquitoes, which are causing the diseases.

Health Department officials said that the Department had collected blood samples of 1,899 people in the district to check for dengue of which 454 people tested positive for dengue, while 124 persons returned positive for chikungunya from January to September. Out of this, 281 dengue cases and 69 chikungunya cases were reported from the city alone, they said while claiming that no deaths have been caused due to these diseases.

ZP Chief Executive Officer (CEO) P. Shivashankar asked the officials concerned to take preventive measures to check the breeding of mosquitoes.

He also directed the officials to take the necessary action for recruitment of staff under the Natl. Rural Health Mission (NRHM).

ZP Vice-President Kayyamballi Nataraj questioned Food and Civil Supplies Dy. Director Dr. K. Rameshwarappa over inaction against Fair Price Shops (FPS) found indulging in unfair practices.

Dr. Rameshwarappa, in his reply, said that a total of 147 cases have been registered against FPS for violation of rules and procedures and also 97 people have gone to jail for misappropriation of Public Distribution System (PDS) food grains. Pointing out that severe action has been taken against 40 FPS on charges of improper PDS grains distribution, he said that the Food & Civil Supplies Department is yet to dispose off 1.2 lakh BPL card applications and that the applications will be disposed off once the Government sets a deadline.

Other issues like lack of teachers in schools, fodder for cattle, progress of various Government Schemes among others, also came up for discussion during the meeting.

ZP President Nayeema Sulthana asked all TP Executive Officers (EO) to submit the list of beneficiaries under SCP, TSP Schemes by Oct. 2.

Women & Child Welfare Dept. Asst. Director Radha, Health Department Official Dr. Somashekar and others were present.

   MAINTAIN STATUS QUO TILL OCT. 3, SAYS HC

Vijayashreepura row

Mysuru, Sept. 27 - The Karnataka High Court has again directed the Mysuru Urban Development Authority (MUDA) and the district administration to continue status quo at Vijayashreepura till Oct. 3.

Hearing arguments in the case yesterday, the High Court Judge Justice A.S. Bopanna postponed the next date of hearing to Oct. 3 as arguments were incomplete. The Court had on Sept. 9 ordered MUDA to maintain status quo till Sept. 19 and on Sept. 19, it directed the MUDA and the district administration to continue status quo at Vijayashreepura till Sept. 26 (yesterday).

President of Vijayashreepura Kshemabhivruddhi Sangha Dr. V. Ranganath told Star of Mysore that the advocates of the Sangha and MUDA had placed their arguments before the court and some of the points raised by them were incomplete and that was the reason for the court to fix Oct. 3 as the next date of hearing. “We hope that we will get justice,” he added. The Supreme Court, in its Dec. 16, 2015 order, had given Sept. 15 as the deadline to demolish all illegal houses at Vijayashreepura.

It may be mentioned here that arguing on behalf of Vijayashreepura Kshemabhivruddhi Sangha, advocate X.M. Joseph told the High Court that the residents had the ‘khata’ for the property and were paying taxes.

Nearly 1,500 people reside on the 23.5 acres and there are a total of 184 concrete houses, 80 houses with asbestos sheets, 8 houses with Mangaluru tiles, 2 temples, and 65 vacant sites.

   ‘AKAASHA AMBARI’, GOLDEN CHARIOT, PALACE ON WHEELS TO ATTRACT TOURISTS FROM OCT.1

A Dasara special air trip from Bengaluru to Mysuru will cost Rs. 4,000

Two-night-one-day package on Golden Chariot train will cost Rs. 30,000

A ride on Palace-on-Wheels around Palaces in Mysuru will cost Rs. 500

Mysuru, Sept. 27 - The Karnataka Tourism Department, which has grand plans to attract tourists for this Dasara, has launched a special air service, Golden Chariot train journey and special bus service called the Palace-on-Wheels that will take the tourists around all Palaces in Mysuru.

Unveiling the plans in Bengaluru, Tourism Minister Priyank Kharge said that Kairali Airlines will operate special flights twice from Bengaluru to Mysuru every day from Oct. 1 to 15 and Rs. 4,000 per person has been fixed as the fare in the eight-seater aircraft. The special flight has been titled “Akaasha Ambari.”

“The prevailing sentiment on the Cauvery basin about sharing water with Tamil Nadu and the crisis situation will not affect Dasara and the Tourism Department is going ahead with its plans to encourage tourists to attend the fest,” he said.

“Unlike previous years, we are not scheduling large seating capacity aircraft but have gone for a small eight-seater and we are hoping this price will attract many tourists. The flights will operate out of HAL airport in Bengaluru and will be run by Kairali Aviation Limited. If the flights turn out to be popular, we will consider running it on a regular basis,” he added.

Similarly, a two-night-one-day special package on the Golden Chariot train will also be launched from Oct. 1 to 10 to showcase Dasara.

The journey starting from Mysuru will cost Rs. 30,000 per person. Booking may be done on www.karnatakatourism.org; www.karnatakaholidays.net or www.junglelodges.com, the Minister said.

The Palace-on-Wheels will take tourists to all Palaces in Mysuru including the iconic Mysore Palace, Lalitha Mahal Palace, Cheluvamba Mansion, Karanji Mansion, Jaganmohan Palace, Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion and Brindavan Palace Hotel in KRS.

Also, heritage walks will be conducted to showcase the city’s history and culture, the Minister said. Rs. 500 has been fixed per person who will travel in the bus.

‘PRATHAMA’ PRAVASI THANA MAHITI

Priyank Kharge who also holds the IT portfolio launched a management information system-backed online tourism platform titled ‘Prathama’ (Pravasi Thana Mahiti or tourist centre information) that will collect, collate and disseminate information relevant to tourists.

The website will host the list of tourist destinations, hotels, resorts and home stays, facilities for tourists, security and signage and status of projects taken up by the Tourism Department.

The Department also launched a Pitch to the Government hackathon in association with the Karnataka Start-up Cell, KBITS and ITBT Department to get crowd-sourced innovative solutions and technological products from start-ups. Of the 127 entries, 12 have been selected and funded by the Karnataka Tourism Department.

   STUDENTS ELECTRIFY AUDIENCE WITH MUSIC AND DANCE AT ‘YUVA SAMBHRAMA’

Mysuru, Sept. 27 - A cloudy evening with a cool breeze blowing across the Amphi Theatre, the audience on the fourth day of ‘Yuva Sambhrama’ were treated last evening with eye-catching dances and foot-tapping music presented by students of various colleges.

Students of Mysore University presented ‘Veeragase’ and ‘Puja Kunita’ in adventurous poses drawing a thunderous applause from the audience.

Students of Menasi Kyathanahalli Government PU College, T. Narasipur, danced to popular Kannada film hits enthusing the audience to sway to the rhythm.

Students of Hullahalli Government FGC, Karnataka Folklore University, Maharani’s Science College, Sarada Vilas Institutions and other colleges presented dance-drama, classical music and programmes on women empowerment and water conservation.

Today’s events include dance-drama by students of Vidya Vikas B.Ed college, Chayadevi FGC, Hunsur, Varadarajulu FGC, Gorur, Hassan, D. Banumaiah Arts and Commerce College, Government FGC, T. Narasipur and Government FGC, Kuvempunagar, dances by students of Morarji PU College, Varakodu, Maharaja’s College, JSS Art and Commerce College, Gundlupet, Maharaja’s PU College, Government Law College, Holenarasipura and programmes on Kittur Rani Channamma, Kannada Literature and Culture and rural arts by students of Vani Vilas Urs Girls PU College, Nisarga PU College, Kollegal, Banumaiah PU and Govt. FGC, Nanjangud.

   COMPOUND AND EXTENDED PORTICOS OF 18 HOUSES DEMOLISHED AT ASHOKAPURAM

Mysuru, Sept. 27 - They thought that ignoring notices issued by the Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) to clear encroachments will give them the right to own the public property in front of their houses. But it was only their assumption as proved early this morning when a team of MCC officials, along with the Police, cleared the encroachments.

The encroachment clearing drive began at 5.30 am today at Ashokapuram 13th Cross, Ward Number 9, where the compound walls and extensions of over 18 houses were demolished. A team of 3 JCBs, 3 Hitachis, 11 gunmen and MCC workers and officers carried out the operation.

According to MCC Zone-2 Assistant Commissioner Javaregowda and MCC Development Officer Raghu, who led the demolition drive, the residents of 18 houses had occupied the drainage and a part of the road and had built compound. While some houses extended their porticos, some had set up gardens.

“We had issued notices thrice but they refused to act and whenever our officers visited the area, the residents opposed demolition. We had to act today and the task is complete now,” Javaregowda said.

The entire operation was completed by 8.30 am. As soon as the residents heard the demolition sound, they formed a group and woke up the locality. Area Corporator Shailendra too rushed to the spot. MCC officials had a tough time in proving that the residents had encroached the area and they even showed the map. The residents were told about the illegality and they finally relented. MCC officials said that development works including drainage and road repair works were sanctioned to the area and due to encroachments they could not begin the project.

   DIST. MINISTER HOSTS BREAKFAST FOR MAHOUTS AND KAVADIS

District in-Charge Minister Dr. H.C. Mahadevappa and Co-operation Minister H.S. Mahadevaprasad seen serving breakfast to Mahouts and Kavadis at Mysore Palace premises this morning. Also seen are City Police Commissioner B. Dayananda and Mayor B.L. Bhyrappa.

Mysuru, Sept. 27 - District in-Charge Minister Dr. H.C. Mahadevappa hosted a breakfast for the Mahouts and Kavadis of Dasara elephants at Palace premises this morning.

The families of Mahouts and Kavadis, along with Minister H.S. Mahadevaprasad, MLA M.K. Somashekar and DC D. Randeep, had breakfast together.

The menu included thatte idli, alasande vada, chutney, sweet pongal, palak and avarebele pallya, navane upma, navane kheer and coriander kashaya.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister Dr. Mahadevappa said that the breakfast for Mahouts and Kavadis was hosted in keeping with the tradition followed during Dasara festivities.

Mayor B.L. Bhyrappa, ADC T. Venkatesh, City Top Cop B. Dayananda, SP Ravi D. Channannavar, AC C.L. Ananda, MUDA Commissioner Dr. M. Mahesh, MCC Commissioner G. Jagadeesha, Mysore Palace Board Dy. Director T.S. Subramanya, DCPs N. Rudramuni and Dr. H.T. Shekar, Palace Security ACP Shailendra, DCF Ganesh Bhat, RFO Devaraj and Veterinarian Dr. D.N. Nagaraj were present.

   FORMER ADVOCATE GENERAL SUGGESTS LEGAL BATTLE

Cauvery water row

Former Advocate General Prof. Ravivarma Kumar delivering a lecture at a programme organised by Mandya Bar Association yesterday.

Mandya, Sept. 27 - Maintaining that street protests would not help in the State getting justice from the Supreme Court in the Cauvery dispute, former Advocate General Prof. Ravivarma Kumar has stressed on the need for waging a legal battle in Courts to end the row.

Delivering a lecture at a programme organised by Mandya Bar Association here yesterday, Prof. Ravivarma Kumar said that advocates, instead of taking to the street to register their protest, should make honest efforts within the legal framework, to render justice to thousands of farmers in the Cauvery basin.

Wondering why the State Bar Associations remained silent ever since the Cauvery Tribunal gave its verdict in 2007, which was unjust to the State, he asserted that advocates, who have a social and professional responsibility, have to wage battle in Courts only to seek justice.

Stating that a National Water Policy was the only worthy solution for addressing water sharing disputes between States, he lashed out at Tamil Nadu for seeking more and more of Cauvery water for growing crops, at a time when the Cauvery basin reservoirs in Karnataka had little water which was even not enough to meet drinking water needs.

Bemoaning the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence on the Cauvery row, he urged the State MPs to meet the Prime Minister and bring pressure on him for resolving the row.

Mandya Bar Association President Basavaraju, office-bearers Ravikumar and others were present during the lecture programme.

   WHO WILL TAKE OVER AS RANGAYANA DIRECTOR?

Speculations are rife over who will take over the mantle of Rangayana. With the term of H. Janardhan as Rangayana Director coming to an end on Sept. 29 (Thursday), there are a few names which are being discussed as possible candidates to be appointed as Rangayana Director.

For now, the names of renowned theatre actor and film director T.S. Nagabharana, theatrist and cine-actor Mandya Ramesh, former Karnataka Nataka Academy Chairman Srinivas G. Kappanna and renowned Theatre Director Gopalakrishna Nairy are making rounds among the theatre enthusiasts.

The names of first three candidates are not only familiar among those involved in theatre and movies but also among common people. They are also part of Ranga Samaja, which recommends the names for the Director’s post. Only person who is a little unknown is Gopalakrishna Nairy, who is a graduate from National School of Drama, New Delhi.

Janardhan, the present Rangayana Director, will hand over the charge to K.A. Dayanand, Director of Kannada and Culture Department, on Sept. 29 as his three-year term comes to an end.

Now, the Ranga Samaja will have to meet again to discuss on the possible candidates, not only for Rangayana in Mysuru but also for three others in Kalaburagi, Shivamogga and Dharwad. However, the main focus will be on Mysuru as it is the oldest theatre repertory among the other three.

Till now, Rangayana has had stalwarts in theatre who have worked as Directors. B.V. Karanth being the first director, C. Basavalingaiah, Lingadevaru Halemane, Prasanna, B.V. Rajaram, B. Jayashree and Janardhan have all worked as Directors of this repertory. Except for Lingadevaru Halemane, all others are passed out from National School of Drama, New Delhi.

Now that the names of Mandya Ramesh, Nagabharana, Srinivas G. Kappanna and Gopalakrishna Nairy is making rounds, it has to seen whom will Ranga Samaja recommend for the prestigious post. However, the final decision will be left to Kannada and Culture Minister Umashree, who is also the President of Ranga Samaja.

Apart from the above mentioned names, theatre director and Rajyotsava awardee Rajashekara Kadamba is also said to be in the race.

The person taking charge as Director will have a huge task ahead as many of the senior actors are on the verge of retirement and the State Government is yet to decide on providing retirement benefits to the artistes. Till date, the artistes are denied all the benefits except for the salary.

The fight for the benefits has been going on for many years during which others senior artistes like Gangadhara Swamy and Srinivas Bhat (Cheeni) retired from service. However, the Government did give them interim benefits but is said to be very less compared to the service they had rendered to the repertory.

Rangayana needs a Director who has a vision to take the repertory forward and groom the future generation under the guidance of senior artistes.

By S.N. Venkatnag Sobers

 
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