MYSURU, India – In order to protect the environment and preserve the forests, employees of the forestry office and local residents have removed two tons of plastic waste Kabini backwaters in the southwestern Indian state of Karnataka near Mysuru.
“During this trip we found heaps of medical waste, trash, plastic and used shoes,” said, ” SP Mahadev, Deputy restorer forest.
“This rubbish collection campaign was carried out for the second time this year by the forest officials together with local resort owners and villagers.”
“Plastic waste poses a threat to wildlife in these backwaters. Hüttendamm, near the town of Heggadadevanakote or HDKote, is experiencing heavy influx following the rains in areas like Wayanad in Kerala. The plastic was collected from the anti-poaching camp in Udhpur to Mastigudi Sunset Point on the Kabini Backwaters, a six-kilometer stretch, ”Mahadev said.
“The plastic waste causes problems for animals and the natural resources of the forest.”
Earlier on June 22nd Mysore City Society, Namma Mysore Foundation, and locals decided to start a cleanup and recycle plastic found in the backwaters to make furniture.
The Kabini Backwaters in Karnataka are famous for the forest safari operated by the Karnataka Forest Department along the Kabini River. The department offers two types of safaris to tourists: car safaris and boat safaris.
Some of the wildlife that guests can see are elephants, cormorants, cranes, darters, crocodiles, and snakes. The boat safari takes about 90 minutes.
The Kabini Dam is located on the Kabini River in the Mysore district. The dam, built in 1974, is 696 meters long with a catchment area of 2,141.90 square kilometers. The dam covers 55 acres of land, including forests, rivers, lakes and valleys.
The lush forests around the dam are home to various birds, making it an ideal place for bird watching and nature lovers. During the colonial period, this area was a famous hunting ground for the maharajas and officers of the British Raj.
The dam is now an important source of water for the Karnataka government, making it possible to supply abundant water to over 20 villages and 14 hamlets across the state.
The government of Karnataka launched the dam project to strengthen and stabilize the region’s electricity supply.
The scenic backdrop of the Kabini Dam can be reached in around an hour and a half from Mysore via Mananthavadi Strait. It is well connected to the nearby city of Bengaluru.
(With inputs from ANI)
(Edited by Anindita Ghosh and Ojaswin Kathuria. Map by Urvashi Makwana)