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Kabini under threat! Tipplers unlock themselves with wine and dine at backwaters

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Mysuru: As pubs, clubs and bar and restaurants remain closed, with only wine stores and MRP outlets allowed to resume business due to Covid-19 norms in place, booze lovers are finding places at their own comfort to down one peg too many.

The liquor bottles found at Kabini backwaters. Photo courtesy B V Seetharam

Natural environs seem to be big on the mind of those in party mood, as it’s evident with liquor bottles being found in the backwaters of Kabini in H D Kote taluk in the district.

A view of Kabini backwaters.

Congress leader and former chairman of Karnataka State Bhovi Development Corporation B V Seetharam who hails from Beechanahalli near Kabini shared with Mysoorunews.com ” the pathetic sight of the otherwise serene backwaters that is slowly turning into a junkyard, with fun loving young and old alike posing a great threat to aquatic creatures also”.

The plastic waste.
Kabini is also an emotional attachment for Mysureans, who prefer to spend good time in the lap of nature and enjoy wildlife and migratory birds near Beechanahalli.
Liquor bottles thrown here and there near Kabini backwaters ( photos above and below)
The Kabini dam caters to Mysuru and nearby district people for meeting the demand for drinking water and also irrigation purpose. Whenever, the water level at KRS goes down, Kabini is the alternative lifeline for lakhs of people.
With the lockdown induced vacation and lifting of curbs on public movement, the people mainly tipplers are heading towards many such natural environs, including Kabini backwaters, to wine and dine in alfresco. The place encompassed with green patches is replete with thrown away liquor bottles, plastic trash and meat waste polluting the environment.
It’s not just the question of environment, but also the safety of locals especially shepherds and cattle grazers. There are instances where many of them sustained injuries and profuse bleeding after stepping on the shards of glasses.
The street gamblers have turned nearby social forest area into the safe haven away from watchful eyes of the police.
Seetharam told Mysoorunews.com “Kabini backwaters is the soul of HD Kote, that is being dented by fun loving visitors and youths from Mysuru and various other parts. They come here only to unwind themselves with drinks, eat and throw garbage mainly plastic and glass wastes”. 
It is one of the best habitats of migratory birds like Bar Headed Geese and others, but the  contaminated water will cause fish deaths and harm migratory birds.
The villagers informed all the officers including superintendent police, but to no avail. Unfazed, we the local residents who are mainly dependent on Kabini demand the district administration and police officers to save our natural environment, Seetharam said.
Will it happen, let’s wait, till then?
– Team Mysoorunews

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