Bangalore: The quiet charm of Nandi Hills makes it a must-go for day-trippers. It now appears to have caught the eye of the sand-mining mafia too.

Traffic congestion has assumed huge proportions in the City, in the aftermath of it becoming a district headquarters.

With the indefinite general strike entering the fifth day on Sunday, normal life in the taluk continued to be disrupted.

On Saturday night, the people of Chikkaballapur were treated with a very special play.

The audience carried home the message of concern for environment conveyed aptly by the young artistes through the play -

Several organisations observed the World Envirnoment Day with festive fervour on Sunday in various places across Kolar and Chikkaballapur districts.

There seems to be no end to the miseries of mango growers this summer. Mango growers in Kolar and Chickaballapur districts are a worried lot.

Already battered by unseasonable rain and drop in flowering of mango trees, mango growers in Srinivaspur are now worried over borer menace to the crop. Farmers did not implement the suggestions by the Horticulture department to control the menace.

The drinking water problem in ward no 22 in the city has aggravated. The people in this region have no choice but to walk long distances to collect water from farms.

People collecting water from a well in a farm on the outskirts of Chikkaballapur. DH PHOTO
Since the last two months there is severe shortage of drinking water. They are cursing the CMC as it is not distributing water properly.

As many as 236 villages in 13 districts of the State have been reeling under acute drinking water shortage. A sum of Rs 19 crore has been released to supply water through tankers to these villages.

'The hardworking people of undivided Kolar with efforts have given gold, silk and vegetables to the State. The government should implement permanent irrigation scheme for the benefit these people,' said Chikkaballapur MLA Bache Gowda.

People taking part in the rally organised by Shashwata Neerawari Horata Samiti pressing for permanent irrigation system at Chikkaballapur on Wednesday. dh photo

The City Municipal Council has acquired three tractors for management of solid waste and intends to buy an excavator and 16 tipper autos, informed CMC president M Prakash here on Wednesday.