Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sign this petition. PWD, Karnataka, Repair Kokkada-Patrame-Dharmasthala Road!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), Install a cell-phone tower at Patrame Village.

Bharath Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL)
D.K. Division
Subject: Request for a ‘Cell phone/Mobile phone tower’ in Patrame village, Belthangady taluk, D.K. District. Karnataka.
Patrame is a village in Belthangady taluk of D.K. district, Karnataka with an average population of about 5000. The village is about 8kms from the famous ‘Sri kshetra Dharmastala’ and about 9kms from Kokkada village on the Dharmasthala-Kukke subrahmanya road. 

As the village does not have a cell phone tower (of any network provider), we villagers are finding it difficult to connect efficiently to the outer world in this era of information technology. Often we feel deprived of some of our basic rights because of this. In the era of 4G neither do we have adequate land phone connectivity nor broadband facility. The officials at the taluk telephone exchange cite the inadequacy of telephone wires for new connection since ages. The only means of communication with the outer world is the BSNL tarang ‘WLL’ phone which only works at it’s ‘WILL’. Even with an external antenna the signal strength is very low and the internet speed is about 3-4kbps, by which browsing even the low bandwidth sites is hardly possible. 

Installing a cell phone tower could be a solution to all the above mentioned problems and would be advantageous/profitable for BSNL as well, as there are no other mobile operators in the village. Villages are many times quoted as the backbone of India.” Empowerment of villages is the empowerment of India” they say. 

We demand BSNL to take action in this regard at the earliest and connect Patrame village to the outer world by installing a cell phone tower in our village.

Please do sign this online petition by visiting --> ; also share the link on FB and other social networking sites.

Copy sent to: (Via e-mail)
Mr. N.K. Sheshadri,, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL). 
Mr. Shri G.V.Reddy, GM(NWO)CM, GM(NWO)CM, BSNL mobile networks 
Mr Anantha Subramania, AGM, Mobile customer care. 
Mr. V. G. Naik., AGM, D.K District 
Mr. B.R. Thimmappa, Gm, Karnataka circle 
Mr. R. K Upadhyaya, CMD, BSNL 

Saturday, May 12, 2012


It's been really a long time since a new update about about Patrame popped up on the blog and it's high time for one more update, at least for the sake of an update..!! ;-) It's an old news that the village got nearer to the world with new roads being built.
              The next best thing that has happened is the new connections with the world as 2 - 3 buses to Subramanya from Dharmasthala pass through Patrame making the village more nearer to the world. The buses also cover Southadka en-route to Subramanya and few buses also pass through patrame on their way to Dharmasthala. Transportation is not a problem anymore.
             And yeah, once the bus had also tried 'tokiyo drift', got off the road and toppled near a curve on Southadka road, causing minor injuries to the people inside.

             But the Sad part being the potholes which appeared on the road within months after the new road being made, which is now given a makeover by 'Patchworks', that too only at some places. (That is like giving a consolation prize !!), hope the authorities will wake up to the situation soon.
             One more not so good thing is the still-not-available mobile networks in the village..!!!( Dear mobile network providers, Why are you making us live in stone age?)

Dear BSNL, Both Sides Not Listening. Dear Airtel, Har village zaroori hain. Dear Vodafone, Wherever I go, your network doesn't follow. And yes, an idea can change our life.
Hope the uninterrupted mobile connectivity will soon be a reality.

That's all for now. will be back soon.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

We are nearer :-)

"Moole yenkalo raathro raathre nadaththondu povonditto", u could hear oldies saying this while going in a jeep from Patrame to Dharmasthala. It took hours together for them to travel 8 kms through the forest ,which's just a matter of 10 mins now on the brand new road....a dream came true after a long or may be a looooooong wait :) May look silly to an outsider, but it's something big for us, we have one more reason to rejoice. V are 20 mins nearer to the world :)

-'ll be back with more news

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Friday, May 8, 2009

Happening now @ Patrame

The wait has come to an end ,the road to patrame is now brand new..the sight of busses n jeeps struggling through the mud road during monsoon is just an imagination now...we have a reason to rejoice...:)  finally...
n the road widening process is in full swing at golithottu as well as dharmasthala....
Patrame now is nearer to the world...!
signing off now ...'ll be back with more news...

Friday, August 8, 2008




Endosulphon tragediesDOUBLE TROUBLEAt Mallige Majlu, where nearly 50 families have many miseries to narrate, 44-year old Usman says his neighbour Isubu had been behaving strangely for the last few years since going into the cashew plantations on a day of spraying. Usman’s son has been bed-ridden for the past 14 years. The family has spent much money on treating him, but to no avail. He says many diseases — mental aberrations, suicidal tendencies etc. in the grownups and growth retardation in children, are being seen in the area in the last 4-5 years. Usman’s younger brother was also treated for mental illness at a hospital in Shimoga. In Kokkada and Patrame, even now there is not much awareness or concern on precautions that should have been adopted during and after the spraying of endosulphan. Hariprasada, a farmer and secretary of the local endosulphan protest committee, says the kcdc never cared to give the people prior notice of spraying. A few coloured flags hoisted on treetops, as markers for the helicopter, have often been the only signs of the spraying. The stipulation of expert committees that aerial spraying should not be adopted in locations with open sources of water had always been ignored by kcdc. Wells and other sources of drinking water were never given protective covering. Ivan D’ Souza in Mangalore, former chairperson of kcdc, admits that the corporation’s mode of giving prior notice on spraying was limited to letters addressed to the panchayats and advertisements in local newspapers. D’ Souza, who had boarded the helicopter on a couple of occasions for “jolly rides,” says the vehicle often sprayed the chemical from heights of 100-200 metres above the canopy of trees.Used-up bottles of endosulphan are often the toys with which the children play. Hari Rao says that five years ago, 10-15 cows and buffaloes in Kokkada had died one after the other after drinking water from open ditches used for cleaning endosulphan bottles. Fish-kills have been a regular feature in the Sishila and Kapila rivers. Lolakshi, a resident of Kokkada village, says she and others used to pick up and eat the dead fish from the rivers. Her 14-year daughter Susheela started walking at the age of seven. She is mentally retarded and gets terrified of strangers. Her husband Kittagowda was a well-to-do farmer but he committed suicide three years ago, cutting his throat with a sickle. He had been exhibiting suicidal impulses and had once consumed a large quantity of endosulphan. Another child in the family, daughter of Lolakshi’s sister, is now undergoing “oil massage treatment” at a traditional medicine centre for “weakness of the backbone”. In the higher primary school in Kokkada, there are six children with various developmental anomalies — twisted legs, mental retardation, inability to speak and behave with coherence, poor eyesight: Balakrishna (15), Kavya (11); Thulasi (11), Albin (10) Saritha (9) and Rakshit (6). Shantha, the head teacher of the school, has information that six other children studying in other schools in the area have also applied for the assistance the government gives to “handicapped” children. “All such cases are in young boys and girls below 18 or 20 years of age. I do not know whether all these are due to endosulphan or not, or whether all these children come from cashew areas. But I am sure this problem has become more visible in the last 5-6 years.”Cashew is not the only crop for which endosulphan is applied now, ever since KCDC introduced its large-scale usage in the area. According to Hariprasada, the secretary of the endosulphan protest committee, cashew is not the primary breadwinner for any individual farmer in the area. They find no need for even hand spraying of endosulphan on cashew. During his tenure as chairperson of kcdc, Ivan D’Souza had called for reports on the efficiency of aerial spraying in controlling tmb. “We were wasting Rs. 60-70 lakhs annually in the name of pesticide spraying. Besides being ineffective, aerial spraying was also destroying beneficial predators, affecting local agriculture,” D’ Souza said. His suggestion of stopping the aerial spraying was shot down by the KCDC board under pressure from the cashew contractors.“There are several farmers who argue in favour of endosulphan, because it gives them good yields,” points out Somanath Naik of Nagarika Seva Trust, an ngo active in the area. As the government machinery has already stepped in to carry out a health survey in Patrame and Kokkada, nst has shifted its focus to educating the people on minimising the use of pesticides and adopting precautions. “The cashew plantations were established after cutting down more than 10,000 acres of natural forests, destroying biodiversity and bringing in its wake diseases such as Monkey Fever. Even after so much spraying, the plantations yield just around five kg of cashew per tree per year. The cashew plantations should be converted back to jointly managed agro-forests,” says Nayak.The only silver lining in an unfolding canopy of darkness is that the health department in Karnataka has moved rather quickly to make its own assessment of the ground reality, in sharp contrast to the scene in Kerala even 10 months after the media exposé since last December. The taluk medical officer has ordered the doctors and three anms (Auxiliary Nursing Matrons) attached to the phcs to visit each and every household in Patrame and Kokkada and identify all the diseases tormenting the people. “We have to cover a population of 4,750 people in Kokkada, another 2,800 in Patrame. We have been asked to look for all diseases, including chronic and uncommon ones,” says Prakash, a medical officer at Kokkada phc. He is hopeful that they will be able to come with a comprehensive health profile, be it limited to two villages, by end November. Such initiatives should jolt our leadership and the pesticide industry into joining hands for some concrete action plan to save innocent lives from further misery.

Axe falls on tree to save cattleMangalore, dhns:Angry villagers in Patrame have chopped a tree near Kokkoda in Uppinangady forest range as they suspected that it devoured animals and humans.The tree was chopped as they claimed that it had tried to eat a cow. According to them, the cow owned by one Anand Gowda was grazing in the forest when a branch of the tree grabbed it by its tail and lifted it up. The cow herd, who saw the unusual incident ran to the village for help. The villagers who reached the spot in no time attacked the tree, which is commonly called ‘Pili mara’ (tiger tree), and released the cow