Nod for Brahmavar, Moodbidri taluks - decades of struggle yield fruits

Nod for Brahmavar, Moodbidri taluks - decades of struggle yield fruits

Suvarna Brahmavar
Daijiworld Media Network – Udupi (SP)

Udupi, Feb 9: The demand for carving out separate Brahmavar taluk from Udupi taluk, which has been in vogue since the last 35 years, finally found acceptance when Karnataka chief minister Jagadish Shettar, while presenting the budget this year, announced the government’s decision to accord taluk status to Brahmavar.

The demand got further thrust and intensity after Barkur Satish Poojary took up leadership of the Taluk Action Committee sometime back, and put in concerted efforts and organized agitations including the hunger strike undertaken on February 4 in a determined bid to convince the government to wake up to the need of creating Brahmavar taluk.

Undivided Udupi taluk

New Brahmavar taluk

The committees in 1975 and 1986 headed respectively by M Vasudeva Rao and Hundekar, as well as the Hundekar committee in 1986, which went into the desirability of forming Brahmavar taluk, had strongly supported the idea. However, the M B Prakash committee of 2008 was not too much favourable, and hence there was a setback to the above efforts.

Brahmavar taluk will comprise of areas falling under the present Udupi taluk, located to the north of Suvarna river. It will spread over 91 gram panchayats and two hoblis that are covered by 34 gram panchayats. Manoor in Kota revenue division, Kaadoor, Shirur and Padutonse will be the villages located on the four borders of the new taluk.

The new taluk has two police stations at Kota and Brahmavar. Office of Brahmavar police circle inspector, office of the special tahsildar of Brahmavar, Saligrama town panchayat, Mescom office, office of the sub registrar, regional agricultural research station at Brahmavar, forest, horticulture, agricultural department offices, Nada Kacheri, office of the revenue inspector in Kota, and travelers bungalow of Kota are the noteworthy offices of various departments stationed within the new Brahmavar taluk. The special tahsildar was appointed for speeding up the work of creating the taluk at Brahmavar on August 13, 2003.

Presently, 252 primary and high schools are located within this taluk, in addition to 11 PU colleges, five colleges, and two training centres. Approximate population of the taluk will be 2.08 lac. The villages in the taluk at present stand distributed over three different assembly constituencies, Kaup, Udupi, and Kundapur.

Scores of temples, Jain Basadis, temples and shrines of various deities are located in Barkur, located a little distance away from Brahmavar. Barkur used to be the headquarters of the rulers of Tulunadu in the past. Foreign trade used to be conducted with the Barkur rulers through Barkur port (present Hangarakatta). Barkur also boasts of a church dating back to the British era, a railway station, government degree college, seven tanks, etc. The palace built of mud in Sooralu, Goddess Durgaparameshwari temple in Mandarti that finds mention in various mythological stories, and Hirimahalingeshwara temple in Kota that is said to be over 1,000 years old, have brought glory to the region. The taluk also has given birth to and nurtured Yakshagana troupes like Neelavara, Kota Amriteshwari, Saligrama, and Goligaradi. Goddess Amriteshwari temple in Kota has thousands of devotees. The taluk has a total of 241 temples, 22 mosques, and 15 churches.

Paddy is the most important crop raised in the taluk, while betel nut, sugarcane, Bengal gram, vegetables etc are also grown. Kannada is the leading language used here, followed by Tulu, Konkani, Marathi, and Urdu.

The new taluk needs to pick up momentum in the matters of infrastructure and rural development. Underground drainage and disposal of waste are neglected so far. The people hope that Brahmavar will get a facelift with modern facilities, and that they will be able to save time and efforts in getting the work done at Brahmavar instead of having to visit Udupi for everything. The cane growers also hope that Brahmavar Sugar Company, which is defunct now, will get rejuvenated again.

Satish Poojary Barkur, president, Brahmavar Taluk Action Committee, has extended greetings and thanks to chief minister, Jagadish Shettar, minister, Kota Srinivas Poojary, MLA, K Raghupati Bhat, office bearers of the committee, students, members of various organizations, and the general public, for their contributions in realizing the dream of creating Brahmavar taluk.

Dream comes true for Moodbidri

Shekar Ajjekar
Daijiworld Media Network - Moodbidri (DV)

Moodbidri, Feb 9: The long cherished dream of many locals came true on Friday February 8 when chief minister Jagadish Shettar announced Moodbidri as a taluk.

Moodbidri was the capital of the Jain Chowta kings and was rich in natural resources. In 1910 Moodbidri remained a taluk for three years. In 1913, Sadashiva Rao, the most influential person of Karkala under the British regime, influenced the then collector to transfer and shift Moodbidri taluk center to Karkala’s Kukundloor gram panchayat.

From the past 50 years, leaders of all political parties have been trying to get taluk status to Moodbidri. But even during the term of Veerappa Moily and Sadananda Gowda as chief ministers, Moodbidri was not made a taluk.

During the tenure of S M Krishna, a tahsildar with full rights was appointed for Moodbidri. The city has a civil court, taluk magistrate court, ranger office, town municipality, Nadakacheri, Raitha Samparka Kendra, circle inspector station, sub-division office, three engineering colleges, three degree colleges, four to six junior colleges, schools, and is a educational hub.

Three committees were formed to study about Moodbidri and its potential as a taluk. They were M Vasudev committee, T M Hundekar committee and P C Gaddigoudar committee.

MLA S D Samrajya, in 1964, wrote a letter to chief minister Nijalingappa to consider Moodbidri a taluk. After him, Amarnath Shetty and Abbayachandra Jain continued the struggle.

Historian Suryanath Kamath also suggested Moodbidri be made a taluk. As per T M Hundekar committee’s report Pranthya, Marpady, Puttige, Kalmunkoor, Kadandale, Paladka, Belvai, Padumarnad, Mudumarnad, Kellaputtige, Dera Gudde, Panthila, Nellikaru, Mantradi, Sirtadi, Valapady, Muddu Konaje, Padu Konaje, Marlooru, Puchamoogaru, Karinge, Kallabettu, Hosabettu, Eruvailu, Todar, Badaga Mijar, Nitodi, Kamthavara, Eddhu, Noral Bettu, Naravi, Kuthlooru, Sulkeri, Kokradi, Andinge, Ganduri, Venooru, Modu Kodi, Karimanelu, Badakodi, Arambodi, Kashipatna, Perdady, Savya, Marodi, Posangadi,Thenkai Edda Padavu, Bada Edda Padavu, Muchooru and Koompadavu come under this taluk.



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  • Proud Tuluva, US

    Fri, May 24 2013

    re Rakesh Kumar:

    Do we need Tulunadu? Answer NO

    We need to have Tulu in 8th Schedule of Constitution!!! If Karnataka govt can provide more support and protection for the Tulu language, I can guarantee we will be most loyal citizens Karnataka will ever see.

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  • Proud Tuluva, US

    Fri, May 24 2013

    re Chandrashekhar ..

    Will it sound Good? ..Answer NO.

    Its part of Tulunadu.

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  • Chandrahas Shetty, Siddakatte/ Bangalore

    Wed, Mar 06 2013

    Thanks to State government and who is supported for creating Moodbidri as a Taluk....Actually moodbri is capable place for Center of taluk...... Jai moodbidri....

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  • Joyson Fernandes, Puthige-Moodbidri/Patna

    Thu, Feb 28 2013

    It’s a great moment of celebration and pride for all Moodbidrians. A big bow of gratitude in respect to all those then and now who worked for this due achievement. Being far away from B’lore has been a prime reason for the delayed recognition. Well it’s time to build a People friendly Bedra now. Let our infrastructures support our ordinary villagers first and provide them with the best of facilities at feasible time and cost. A humble request to all the people in authority to ensure that cost of living is managed well and the farmers are ensured of their due returns for their hard toil. For the rates of daily use commodities, land prizes are soaring high and agricultural activities and house hold dairy activities are reducing day by day causing a huge burden of dependence on others. Let us contribute our might and make a difference.

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  • Chandrashekhar, Kundapura / Basrur

    Tue, Feb 12 2013

    Brahmavara Taluk, Byndoor Taluk, Hebri Taluk (Proposed), Shankarnarayana Taluk (Proposed) are going to consolidated at as Kunda Kannada District !! I mean Kundapura District !! Will it sounds good??

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  • Rakesh Kumar, Mumbai

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    the very First change will be .... both the taluk will have new huge colorful taluk offices at the center of the city, new ministers and all other development will start only before the next elections...
    next target Tulu Nadu as a state..

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  • Louis, Kuwait

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Karnataka KJP & BJP combined govt is worst than East India Co. British were outsiders looted our country. But This govt. looted our own state being Indians. Shame on BJP Suporters. Adi bidaru moogu mele?

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  • Louis D'Souza, Kuwait

    Mon, Feb 11 2013

    Thanks to KJP & BJP combined govt. for making Brahmavara Taluk. After J. P. Hegde won Parliament seat Karnataka combi govt is scared of Brahmavar voters.

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  • Santhosh, Udupi

    Sat, Feb 09 2013

    Jossey Saldanha, Mangalore/Mapusa/Mumbai

    EAST INDIA Co. no more ruling India now, it's democratic Hindustan.

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    Sat, Feb 09 2013

    Jossey Saldanha, Mangalore/Mapusa/Mumbai

    come out and see the world what are u talking , Dinesh Poojary have full right say his comments .you cannot object him.

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  • M.Vishnumoorthi, Manoor/Bangalore

    Sat, Feb 09 2013

    I wish to thank our Chief Minister for creating Brahmavara Taluk.

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    Sat, Feb 09 2013

    As report says Moodbidri indeed hub of educational institutions.It should had made TALUK STATUS earlier but something is better than nothing. Moodbidri one of the peaceful place to live with having multi-cultured population from around the nation need added infrastructural felicities. Sri Amernath Shetty,Sri Abaya Kumar jain and late SD Samrajya of Shirthadi and Moodbidri Sri Veerappa Moily tried their level best for MAKING OF MOODBIDRI Taluk.The contribution of Mijarguthu Mohan Alva in the form of educational institutions which fecilitated speed to the status of Moodbidri Taluk. Land price in Moodbidri is @ peak already and I guess after this announcement it could be further dearer as common man can't afford to get even a housing site.Immediate requirement is MINI VIDHANA SOUDHA(For all Govt offices in one complex),Bye-pass road to Moodbidri city, up gradation of GOVT hospital,Weekly Market place Up gradation,Govt Hostels for poor Enng/College students,New spacious BUS STAND,etc etc.Thanks all concerned and Congrats to all Moodbidrians.

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  • sharad shetty, udupi

    Sat, Feb 09 2013

    Jossey Saldanha, Mangalore/Mapusa/Mumbai

    In a a democracy everybody has a right to put forth his views & comments. So you have no rights to say to Mr. Dinesh as to why he keeps commenting. So you continue posting your comments & Mr. Dinesh will continue with his, its only the exclusive rights of Daijiworld whether they should publish the comments or not.

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  • sharad shetty, udupi

    Sat, Feb 09 2013

    Jossey Saldanha, Mangalore/Mapusa/Mumbai

    In a a democracy everybody has a right to put forth his views & comments. So you have no rights to say to Mr. Dinesh as to why he keeps commenting. So you continue posting your comments & Mr. Dinesh will continue with his, its only the exclusive rights of Daijiworld whether they should publish the comments or not.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mangalore/Mapusa/Mumbai

    Sat, Feb 09 2013

    Dinesh, In spite of getting maximum disagree why do you still comment.....

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  • Dolphy Vas, Moodbidri/AbuDhabi

    Sat, Feb 09 2013

    Finally Moodbidri Got Taluk Status which should have been decades ago.Better late than Never!In the last decade I dont think any Town developed as much as Moodbidri in DK District mainly due to Dr Alvas Educational Institutions. Sincere Congratulations to MLA Mr Abayachandra Jain, Mr Amarnath Shetty and all those worked continuously for this noble cause. It would help great deal to all those people from neighbouring villages and towns.

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  • John Tauro, M'lore / Kwt

    Sat, Feb 09 2013

    I wonder why they left out Mulki? Considering the tremendous growth of population coupled with economic development over the past 30 years, this town should also have been made a taluk.

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    Sat, Feb 09 2013

    Thanks to Satish Poojary Barkur & all others who worked for this..this will contribute Brahmavar become a bigger city and with all new govt offices &dept.

    specially for old age people no need to go udupi for govt related work by this they can save the time and money.

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  • Peter, Bangalore

    Sat, Feb 09 2013

    Right now in Brahmavar town the new taluk headquarters of only fish market is there.

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  • Dr Shankranarayan, Mangalore/Abu dhabi

    Sat, Feb 09 2013

    Good move by the Government. Public
    will be benefited for all official works. work load will be lesser for the administration officials and staffs.

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  • Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru

    Sat, Feb 09 2013

    Thanks to BJP Govt... No voters turn into congress side....

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