Kodagu devastation aggravated by human interference: Reports
- Two reports paint a clearer picture of the human interferences that aggravated the devastation in Kodagu district in August.
- While the Geological Survey of India (GSI) has tabulated 105 landslips in human-habited areas, a team from the World Resources Institute (WRI) used satellite imagery to enumerate at least 254 various landslip instances affecting 1,060 hectares (nearly 10.6 sq km) of land.
- Using imagery from the Copernicus Sentinel satellites (deployed by the European Commission), Raj Bhagat Palanichamy, a Senior Project Associate at WRI India, and Samrat Basak, Director (Hydrology), WRI, counted the changes in landscapes and the crowns (the area from where soil has slipped) to determine the number and pattern in landslips.
- Not surprising, nearly four in five landslips are in areas with human habitation.
- These are concentrated around the twists and turns of the Harangi river as well as major roads that criss-cross the district (as seen in the cluster of land slips close to Madikeri and particularly on the Mandalpatti road).
- The heavy rainfall caused landslips in forest areas too. But, these landslips are smaller in size than those in anthropogenic areas.
- Most probably, human-induced land changes have aggravated the situation
- The course of the Harangi is flanked by high slopes, leading to more landslips, unlike the slopes around the Cauvery or the Lakshmanthirtha in the district, their analysis has found.
Recommendations not followed
- Independently, GSI recently compiled a 150-page report of 105 landslips.
- Of this, researchers had visited 85 spots and found that a majority of these are along the lineament (a geological feature which is an expression of faults and fold-aligned hills).
- While heavy rainfall was the trigger, lack of proper drainage, unscientific slope cutting for agriculture or road works, construction of houses close to slopes or natural streams, as well as geological causes, have been identified as having aggravated the situation.
- These landslips were also found to be entirely within areas that were marked in GSI’s landslip susceptibility maps in 2014-15.
- The maps and reports had a list of recommendations involving slope stabilisation along roads and construction measures to ensure high slopes are protected. Most of these had not been followed.
- They have strongly recommended to the State government to have some legal restrictions and regulations in these landslip-prone areas.
- This is needed to ensure land use is not changed or new constructions are regulated
- Their investigation has found that in many human-inhabited areas, the landslips had led to a cascading effect.
- In the rains of August 14, smaller landslips had blocked streams creating a temporary dam.
- As the rains continued and water accumulated, the dam breached, letting out a torrent of water that flooded houses downstream as well as triggered further landslips.
Karnataka to join Ayushman Bharat
- The State’s Arogya Karnataka is being co-branded and integrated with the Centre’s Ayushman Bharat, the national health protection scheme, and is all set for a rol out in several States on September 23.
- With this, the present annual health cover of Rs. 1.5 lakh a year for a BPL family of five with additional assistance of Rs. 50,000 in some cases, will now be enhanced to Rs. 5 lakh a year per family in the State.
- The decision has been taken after several rounds of negotiations with the Centre.
- The process of getting into an agreement with Ayushman Bharat has begun and a Memorandum of Understanding will be signed shortly
- Of the 1.34 crore BPL families in the State, the Centre’s programme will cover only around 62 lakh families, who are currently under the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY). The remaining 72 lakh families will be covered under Arogya Karnataka.
- While Arogya Karnataka covers 1,516 procedures, Ayushman Bharat has 1,349 procedures. By integrating them, the total treatment procedures will be 1,628.
- In fact, Arogya Karnataka’s integration with Ayushman Bharat will mean more expenditure on the State exchequer.
- The State’s contribution will be two times more than the Centre’s contribution.
- The estimated budget will be Rs. 1,000 crore of which the Centre’s share will be Rs. 286 crore
- Even for the 62 lakh families, the Centre will bear 60% of the cost and the remaining will be the State’s share
Aravalli range Topic: Environment and Ecology In News: The Supreme Court on Friday cautioned the Haryana government against doing “anything” to harm the ecologically fragile Aravalli range. More on the Topic: Aravalli is a ...READ MORE
ಚಿಪ್ಕೋ ಚಳುವಳಿಯ 45ನೇ ವಾಷಿಕೋತ್ಸವಕ್ಕೆ ಗೂಗಲ್ ಡೂಡಲ್ ಗೌರವ ಅರಣ್ಯ ನಾಶದ ವಿರುದ್ಧ ಜನಜಾಗೃತಿ ಮೂಡಿಸುವಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರಮುಖ ಪಾತ್ರ ವಹಿಸಿದ್ದ ಚಿಪ್ಕೋ ಚಳುವಳಿಯ 45 ವಾರ್ಷಿಕೋತ್ಸವದ ಸಂದರ್ಭದಲ್ಲಿ ಗೂಗಲ್ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆ ವಿಶಿಷ್ಟವಾದ ಡೂಡಲ್ ಮೂಲಕ ಚಳುವಳಿಯನ್ನು ನೆನಪಿಸಿಕೊಂಡಿದೆ. ಅಣೆಕಟ್ಟು, ಕಾರ್ಖಾನೆಗಳು ಮತ್ತು ರಸ್ತೆಗಳಿಗಾಗಿ ದೊಡ್ಡ ...READ MORE
Research undertaken by has revealed that feral fish are causing the decline of presence of other species of Major Indian Carps, Minor Indian Carps and Catfish in river Krishna damaging ...READ MORE
The year 2016 marks an end of the era of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which drove the global development agenda since the new millennium. The MDGs have paved the way for ...READ MORE
Delhi launches doorstep delivery of govt. Services Why in news? After months of planning, the Delhi government launched its ambitious project to deliver public services at the doorstep of residents. Details From driving licences ...READ MORE
World Trade Organisation - Nairobi meeting from December 15 to 18. India is likely to ratify the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), aimed at easing customs rules to expedite ...READ MORE
What is Kambala? Kambala is an annual festival celebrated in the Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka. The festival involves the traditional buffalo race, a popular and unique sport among the farming ...READ MORE
150 acres of wetlands that can be preserved identified With advice from a retired professor and Indian Institute of Science researchers, the Karnataka Lake Conservation and Development Authority (KLCDA) has identified ...READ MORE
Green nod to Karnataka's Rs 1,561-cr Harohalli industrial park The Centre has given its green light to the combined development of Harohalli industrial zone in Ramnagara district of Karnataka entailing an ...READ MORE
Water situation in Udupi deteriorates The drinking water problem in the city is worsening with the water levels at the Baje Dam on the Swarna at Baje village, from where water ...READ MORE
National Current Affairs – UPSC/KAS Exams- 9th March
Karnataka Current Affairs – KAS/KPSC Exams – 26th
Biodiversity of fish threatened in krishna
SDG 3: big agenda, big opportunities for India
National Current Affairs – UPSC/KAS Exams- 11th September
Trade Facilitation Agreement
After Jallakattu, Karnataka wakes up for “Kambala”
Karnataka Current Affairs – KAS / KPSC Exams
Karnataka Current Affairs – KAS/KPSC Exams – 2nd
Karnataka Current affairs – KAS / KPSC Exams