If Dr Narasimhaiah Srinivasaiah is not donning his white coat, he is practising ‘tropical forestry’ at his eco-museum on the foothills of Nandi Hills
Move to avoid any nuisance during New Years
Officials of the Forest Department, along with locals and conservationists, have raised objections to the conduct of the event.
A proper drainage network and buffer zone between roads and footpaths is not just important to ensure there is no flooding in urban areas, but also to ensure there are no landslides.
After a landslide was reported in Brahmagiri Hills, Rangappa Circle last month, the district administration had laid a temporary road to facilitate travel.
Geologists and forest department officials point out that the mud sheet gave way because of poor water percolation capacity and the soil could not hold any more.
Heavy rain on Tuesday night triggered landslide on the famous Nandi Hills. However, tourists atop the hills were brought down safely by steps.
Two KSTDC hotel staffers were caught on camera throwing garbage down the cliff of Nandi Hills, by members of a volunteer group in Chikkaballapur recently.
Even as the minister for tourism has changed, the proposal to develop Nandi Hills seems to have remained constant.
The tempo traveller buses provided by the department will be parked at the parking lot, which will soon come up at the foothills.
Nandi Hills, believed to be the origin of five rivers, is facing a water crisis, worrying not just locals, but also the government and experts.
The minister said spot inspections have been made and suggestions from local villagers collected by a team of officials including the district administration
The administration is also conducting a study at Nandi Hills to ascertain the carrying capacity and ensure that the crowd is controlled.