Let’s do it! Save Chamundi Hills campaign tomorrow

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.

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