Let’s do it! Mysore, a non-profit organisation, along with other environment groups and socially concerned associations and individuals will launch “Save Chamundi Hills” movement on May 29 at the foothills of Chamundi.
The organisations are up in arms against the proposed development of Chamundi Hills by the state government led by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. As a part of the movement, a protest has been organised at the foothills at 7 am that will be flagged off by renowned Kannada novelist S L Bhyrappa. The protestors will climb the hills and reach the statue of Mahishasura.
Addressing reporters on Friday, Let’s do it! Mysore stakeholders said that the organisation would oppose any destructive development activities atop the hills and would urge the government to preserve the hills as it was a unique gift of nature.
Renowned cricketer Javagal Srinath, wildlife photographers Krupakar and Senani, Bhamy Shenoy and Retd. Maj. Gen. Vombathkere of Mysore Grahakara Parishat and famous comedian Mysore Anand will join the protest. The protesters would be in black as a dress code to show concern and express support to preserve the hills.
Bhamy Shenoy of Mysore Grahakara Parishat said: “Forest cover of a region must be a minimum of 33%. But unfortunately today, the present coverage is just 15.6% including national parks and wildlife sanctuaries in the entire district.”
“The proposed projects by the state government like multi-level parking, shopping complexes, guest houses, widening of the road, etc., should be dropped as they do not resuit in development. They actually result in the destruction of the fragile environment,” he said.
“With the help of the forest department, a long-range plan should be developed. It is true that a large part of the hill is rocky area. Still it should be possible to plant trees on the hill using innovative practices developed for such difficult terrain.” he added.
President of Mysore Travel Mart and CEO of Safe Wheels B S Prashanth, President of Mysore Travel Agent’s Association C A Jayakumar, Venkatesh and Sudheendra of Let’s do it! Mysore were present.