Monday, November 24, 2008

And quietly flows the River Kali..... amidst the Western Ghats...

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Originating at Kushavali, on the border of Karnataka and Goa, the Kali drives its name from the dark colour of its managese-rich waters. The river meanders through the unique biodiversity of the Western Ghats along its short course of 184 km in the Uttar Kanara district of Karnataka before joining the Arabian Sea at the strategically important port-town of Karwar.

The river is the lifeline to some 40 M people in the district and supports livelihoods of tens of thousands of people including fishermen on the coast of Karwar. Among other fauna, the Kali offers a perfect natural corridor for wild elephants and black panthers.

Already, the six Hydro Electric Projects on the river have submerged over 12 800 Ha of forests in the region.In addition to this, the river is threatened by the continued discharge of untreated effluents from the West Coast Paper Mill at Dandeli. Since the flow in the river has been restrained on account of dams and diversions along its course, the farming and the fishing communities have felt the enhanced impact of accumulated pollutants in the river.

Kali might be a lesser-known river than the famous Cauvery and Krishna in Karnataka but is no less significant in terms of the contribution it makes to the livelihoods security of people and the ecosystems it sustains in the Western Ghats.

Researchers have confirmed that this short west flowing river, whose farthest point by crow flight along its course is just 32 km from the sea, cannot withstand any more interventions both to fulfill its ecological functions as also to ensure livelihoods security to people. However, current developments along the river may eventually choke and dry the annual flow of 9,000 MCM in the Kali. The river is home to six hydel projects and the Kaiga Nuclear Power Project. Thanks to the large obstructions along its course, the Kali flows uninterrupted for just about 18 km along its 184 km course in the Western Ghats.

After this 18 km, the Kali flows Quietly and almost Lifeless.....

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Same Post Also posted on my Karwar Daily Photo Blog

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Traditional fishing @ Karwar

Traditional fishing Shot during the monsoons at Amdalli - Mudga Fishing village in Karwar, when mechanised-boat-fishing is prohibited.... It was a Sunday, and a boy helps his father in the work.....

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Karnataka RTO codes

KA - Karnataka


KA-01 ----> Bangalore Central (Koramangala)

KA-02 ----> Bangalore West (Rajajinagar)

KA-03 ----> Bangalore East (Indiranagar)

KA-04 ----> Bangalore North (Yeshwanthpur)

KA-05 ----> Bangalore South (Jayanagar)

KA-06 ----> Tumkur

KA-07 ----> Kolar

KA-08 ----> KGF (Kolar Gold Fields)

KA-09 ----> Mysore

KA-10 ----> Chamrajnagar

KA-11 ----> Mandya

KA-12 ----> Madikeri

KA-13 ----> Hassan

KA-14 ----> Shimoga

KA-15 ----> Sagar,Shimoga Dist

KA-16 ----> Chitradurga

KA-17 ----> Davangere

KA-18 ----> Chickmagalur

KA-19 ----> Mangalore, Dakshina Kannada District

KA-20 ----> Udupi

KA-21 ----> Puttur

KA-22 ----> Belgaum
KA-23 ----> Chikkodi

KA-24 ----> Bailhongal

KA-25 ----> Dharwad
KA-26 ----> Gadag
KA-27 ----> Haveri

KA-28 ----> Bijapur

KA-29 ----> Bagalkot

KA-30 ----> Karwar, Uttar Kannada

KA-31 ----> Sirsi, Karwar

KA-32 ----> Gulbarga

KA-33 ----> Yadgir

KA-34 ----> Bellary

KA-35 ----> Hospet

KA-36 ----> Raichur District

KA-37 ----> Koppal/ Gangavati

KA-38 ----> Bidar

KA-39 ----> Bhalki

KA-40 ----> Chikkaballapur

KA-41 ----> Rajarajeswari nagar, Bangalore District

KA-42 ----> Ramanagar, Bangalore Rural District

KA-43 ----> Devanahalli, Bangalore Rural District

KA-44 ----> Tiptur, Tumkur District

KA-45 ----> Hunsur, Mysore District

KA-46 ----> Sakaleshapur, Hassan District

KA-47 ----> Honnavar, Uttarakannada District

KA-48 ----> Jamkhandi, Bagalakot District

KA-49 ----> Gokak, Belgaum District

KA-50 ----> Yelahanka, Bangalore District

KA-51 ----> Bannerghatta, Bangalore District

KA-52 ----> Nelamangala, Bangalore District

KA-53 ----> K.R. Puram, Bangalore District

KA-54 ----> Nagamangala, Mandya District

KA-55 ----> ??, ?? District

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Monday, November 3, 2008

Goddess Mahamaya Festival, Kadra, Karwar

The Annual Festival of Goddess Mahamaya of Kadra will be celebrated today on the 3rd of November 2008 at Kadra, Karwar.

It is the First Post Harvest Festival of the year, and so it is flocked by innumerable devotees, mainly agriculturists, who offer their prayers for a good harvest, and seek blessings of the Goddess for a Good Market for their Harvest. It is believed that the Goddess is a powerful one, who will protect her devotees at any cost from all evils and sufferings.

Devotees from neighbouring towns and villages, like Haliyal, Anshi, Ramnagar, Khanapur, Dandeli, Ulavi, Joida, Kumbharwada, Goa, Yellapur, comes in hordes for the festival, which continues till late in the mornnig of the nest day.

These pictures are of the place where the Goddess rests for giving the Darshan to her devotees, near Kadra market, overlooking a perennial stream, which flows into the Kali River.

The last picture is of the several Entrances donated by Her devotees, over a period of time. The emple of the Goddess is away at a distance of Five kms from this place, in the forest. She is brought here over a Palanquin by her Devotees.
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