Coorg is the fastest growing tourism destination in Karnataka. Year after Year more and more people are getting inquisitive about Coorg and visiting the place. Many new hotels, homestays and resorts are cropping up.
Though coorg has one of the worst infrastructure compared to the other tourist desitnations in Karnataka, still visitors flow into Coorg every year.
But should the locals be happy about it? Is tourism a boon?
Coorg Wildlife Society has already shown concern, bringing to notice the rampant conversion of agricultural land for commercial and residential purposes, encroachment of forest land,rampant felling of the trees and illegal settlements by migrants from the neighbouring state.
Plus, ethnically the Kodava’s are committing suicide by moving out of Coorg or selling their land to outsiders, but the matter does not end here. For those who remain in coorg, should know that Coorg is also the source of river cauvery. The catchment area of river cauvery.
The politicians sitting in vidhan soudha and the babu’s in bangalore, better take notice.
Bangalore, mysore and mandya itself are expanding phenomenally. All are going to require a lot more more to satisfy the thrist of the new millions of citizens.
If the ecological balance in Coorg is disturbed, it is going to be disastrous. Already governments of Karnataka and Tamilnadu are at loggerheads on sharing cauvery water.
Has kodagu(Coorg) ever rang a bell in their heads ? What if the “Tap dries out” ?. Only the protection of Coorg forests will stop that from happening.
The reason Coorg has become a popular tourist destination is because it is beautiful, still pristine and the kodava’s are a hospitable lot.
But for how long will it be so?. Now, outsiders are coming and setting up homestays, hotels and resorts just because they want to tap into the developing tourism market. But will they feel about Coorg the same way, as the locals?
Out of all the commercial establishments in Coorg i know of, only Orange County in Coorg has implemented a solid waste management programme. Being localities, the ramapuram family owned business has clearly shown a commitment towards helping to preserve the environment of Coorg.
The locals should know that hospitable does not mean ignoring the ground realities and being a mute spectator to the happenings around.
They should pull up their socks and be proactive in protecting the environment and resources of Coorg. If you see illegal encroachment of forest land, illegal settlements and illegal activities in Coorg, better be steadfast and bring it to the notice of the local authorities.
Tourism in Coorg is fine. But the locals should understand that unlike Ooty, Coorg has an agrarian economy and which will always preside over tourism. The topography, the weather and the infrastructure issues of Coorg will allow tourism in Coorg to flourish only till a certain limit.
The Govt should start proactively protecting the environment of Coorg. That will assure that water and other resources are there f0r long enough to sustain the thirst of the farmers and city dwellers in Karnataka.
And if rain gods are not happy with Coorg, the first one’s to suffer will be the locals. No sooner, bangalore will go thristy.
Let the Karnataka’s Tap not run dry.