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Trekking banned on Kumara Parvatha till monsoon

MYSURU/BENGALURU: The Kumara Parvatha trekking vary in Pushpagiri has been banned for trekkers till the start of monsoon, in a bid to prevent a repeat of ultimate 12 months’s tragedy where 9 trekkers had been killed in a forest fireplace. The grassland and shola forest through which trekkers cross have already long past dry and pose a threat, the forest department stated. The alert comes a month early this time round.
“The grass has already dried. There might be 120-200 trekkers all through weekends and long holidays and there's a possibility. Sometimes, rocks which roll from a peak can also trigger a spark and fireplace. So till the arrival of monsoon, we have now banned trekking,” Pushpagiri natural world vary forest officer (RFO) Srinivasa Nayak stated.

“We can not forget the tragedy in Tamil Nadu where trekkers misplaced their lives in a forest fireplace ultimate 12 months. So we have now erected banners in any respect access and go out points to Kumara Parvatha warning that trekking is banned from February and anyone venturing into the forest with out permission might be punished under Wildlife Protection Act 1972,” Nayak stated. In March ultimate 12 months, 9 trekkers died in a forest fireplace in Kurangini hills in Bodinayakanur at the Tamil Nadu-Kerala border whilst 30 had been rescued.

After Tadiandamol, Kumara Parvatha is regarded as to be the highest peak in Kodagu district. The 13km-trek begins at the famous Kukke Subramanya temple, positioned in Subramanya village, and may just take up to 8 hours. Alternatively, trekkers get started from Beedahalli APC in Somawarpet in Kodagu. Hundreds of journey fanatics and trekkers – maximum of them from Bengaluru – take the direction all through weekends and long holidays.

While June onwards is the preferred season, many climb the hill in sizzling summer time heat. “Every summer time, wildfires escape and it's difficult to watch the placement with human motion,” stated Abhilash MD, forest guard at Madikeri vary.

The Karnataka forest department has issued a understand to the Madikeri government to shut down the direction and put out alerts on WhatsApp and Facebook as smartly.

The forest department warning in most cases comes in March nevertheless it was brought forward this time. “The month of March is known for forest fires, however nowadays we are hearing of forest fires in smaller city forests,” stated Jayaram, important chief conservator of forests.

Hemanth Kumar M, a techie from Bengaluru who had climbed the peak in January 15 together with his 9 buddies, told NewsTread that the grassland was already dry. “The foresters checked our pockets and bags to substantiate that we weren't wearing fit bins or liquor. The grass has dried and grew to become yellow. It is a superb determination to ban trekking all through summer time,” he stated.

“It is a posh terrain to trek, however undoubtedly worth the effort. I have been setting up treks for a while however with the ban being imposed we will be able to have to find alternative paths,” stated Sreedhar, a personal trekking guide.

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