Saturday, August 6, 2011


As far as hill stations in the state of Karnataka go, Kemmangundi is one of the loveliest places, with near-pristine hills and forests. Kemmangundi however is also marked by some of the worst roads in India. Once you get off the national highways and into the mountain roads, you basically venture into territory where hundreds of crores of rupees have been spent, on paper, on the roads, but where roads exist more on paper than in reality. Several residents complain that 99 paise out of every rupee allocated goes into the pockets of politicians, bureaucrats, and contractors. All of this means that the tourism potential of this beautiful district remains untapped, even as other places in Karnataka and elsewhere reap the money that tourism brings.

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