The Cauvery river, which flows through southern Karnataka and then into Tamil Nadu, has been a point of conflict between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu for decades. Its water was originally divided according to nearly century-old agreements, but over the years, both states have indulged in a blame game over the amount of water to be used for irrigation.
Map of Cauvery river hi.wikipedia
The source of Cauvery river is Kodagu district, where it originates. The district is also the principal catchment area of the river and accounts for over 70 per cent of the total inflow into KRS (Krishna Raga Sagar) dam in Mysuru.
The Cauvery river change
It is because for this railway line, high tension power transmission lines are being laid across the pristine evergreen forest of western Ghats, Coorg, from Kaiga to Kozhikode, which will pass through the thick evergreen forests of Brahmagiri and Pushpagiri wildlife sanctuaries.
Axing thousands of trees in Western Ghats would majorly affect rainfall in Kodagu and thus Cauvery’s water flow, ultimately affecting drinking water supply to major cities including Mysore and Bangalore.
Madikere in Coorg, a quiet and relaxed hill station industrialtour
“The food, water and economic security of Southern Karnataka and Tamil Nadu hinges largely on the Cauvery River. In Karnataka, these regions include the citizens and farmers of Bangalore, Mysore, Mandya and Coorg. And in Tamil Nadu it covers the districts of Salem, Erode, Trichy, Thanjavur and Nagapattinam,” a petition filed to save Kodagu from the railroad project states.
Mallali Falls in Kodagu flickr
“The track if executed will be done at a cost Rs. 1800 crore, the returns are far too small to justify this large expense. This money can be used for more urgent and important purposes in the country.”