Ayigiri Nandini, Nandita medini… The hymn of Godess Chamundi is on the tongue of every devotee who visits the religious , cultural and tourist icon of the city – Chamundi Hills. The very god is crying for help to protect her place!
Recently, the government planned and sanctioned many developmental projects which are disastrous in many aspects. The projects include parking facility, lodging and bathing complexes, eateries, shopping areas and a park. It sounds good to hear. All atop the top of the Hills which is turning into a mound. The disaster is not the hill turning into a mound but the authorities failing to notice it and implement the appropriate steps.
When the government says there are many tourists visiting the place and these projects are important, I don’t hesitate to ask what proper steps has the government taken to increase the forest cover of India which is less than 4%. What are the steps taken by authorities to increase the forest cover on Camundi Hills? What are the steps taken by the public to protect its environment and sanctity?
What are the special reasons to take up these projects on the top of the hill? For the management of this kind of issues, Tirumala is the best example. Though it has a wider area, it has more tourists than the area present on the top. The administration has declared Tirumala as a reserve forest and are protecting environment.
Tirumala hill should be the role model for our authorities. Annually, there are many forest fire cases reported on Chamundi Hills. Leopard habitat is under serious threat.
While authorities are just putting sign boards like ‘plastic-free zone’, but the most common sight is people throw plastic bags and used plastic plates right in front of the sign boards.
In bushy areas, condoms are often found which not only spoils the sanctity of the place but also is dangerous to many wildlife creatures, especially the aves. Many environmental programmes like reforestation, ecological conservation are required to save Chamundi Hills. I strongly recommend to the authorities at the helm of affairs to declare Chamundi Hills as reserve forest area.
The disaster is not the hill turning into a mound but the authorities failing to notice it and implement the appropriate steps