Monday, August 15, 2016

Boating to be introduced in Paapnash lake

Source:The Hindu

The State government will introduce boating in the historic Paapnash lake on the outskirts of the city in order to tap its tourist potential.

The lake next to the Paapnash Temple attracts morning walkers and wildlife photographers. The serene water body at the centre of the Bage Karanja jungle that is home to several species of birds and animals is expected to attract families and tourists who want to spend a few hours in the green surroundings.

The 50-hectare water body formed at the intersection of two mountains sustains the jungles around it that serves as a lung spaces for Bidar city.

Minister of State for Municipal Administration and district in-charge Eshwar Khandre is set to inaugurate the facility on Independence Day on August 15.

The State-run Jungle Lodges and Resorts will manage the facility. JLR operates the Black Buck Resort on the Vilaspur tank in the Khanapur forest range in Bhalki taluk, one of the only two resorts in north Karnataka.

This is the second attempt at introducing boating in the Paapnash lake. In 2009, a dingy and coracle operator from Maharashtra was contracted by the district administration to operate boats and take children and families around the lake. However, it had few takers and was closed by the district administration in 2012.

The lake was built by the Nizam of Hyderabad in 1890, to impound water from the perennial spring of Paapnash. The spring is counted among the seven perennial sources of water around Bidar city. Archaeologist Ghulam Yazdani’s book ‘Bidar its history and monuments’ documents the other six springs as the Noor Samnani spring, Farah Bag spring, Syed Ud Sadat spring, Chamkora spring, Shukla Teertha spring and the spring of Aliabad that is fed by the historic ‘karez’ or ‘surang bavi’, the medieval era subaltern water channel.

“Allowing boating in the lake is not an isolated project. It is part of the comprehensive development of the lake, conserving the forests surrounding it, and preserving the birds and animals that live there,” Anurag Tewari, Deputy Commissioner, said.

The Muzrai Department had been asked to release Rs. 2.5 crore for the development of the Paapnash temple and its surroundings, he said.

Chandrakanth Shetkar, chairman of Paapnash Mahadev Trust, a group of devotees that is engaged in the development of the temple, has welcomed the move. “We also need to protect the trees and the birds of the region”, he said.


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Sunday, August 7, 2016

IoT centre to come up at Bhalki

Source:The Hindu

A Centre of Excellence for Internet of Things (IoT) is coming up in Bheemanna Khandre Institute of Technology (BKIT) at Bhalki in Bidar district. This will enable graduate students of all branches to study various courses related to it. It will also offer research opportunities to research scholars. Bharat Ratna C.N.R. Rao will inaugurate the centre on Saturday.

This is the first such centre in an academic institution in the state, say teachers from BKIT. “IOT is the next big thing,” said Sanjay Kumar Gowre, coordinator of the centre. The global standards initiative on IoT estimates that by 2020, there will be around 50,000 crore devices that will be running on this technology across the world. Each individual is expected to have at least eight devices that need to work in an internet enabled environment. “We need to prepare our students to be active participants in this. A full-fledged laboratory has been built for the purpose. Bengaluru based Preva Systems is providing a set of software tools to set up the centre,” Prof. Gowre said.

Students of all disciplines will be given projects based IOT technology, says Nagashetteppa Biradar, professor of information technology. “We have set up a laboratory that involves a smart grid comprising of a network of devices that takes up small tasks. These will be embedded with electronic chips, software and sensors. The network will be always on and data will be continuously exchanged. It is like a group of robots doing their jobs after receiving commands from computers,” he said. One of the priority areas to be taken up is agriculture. Technologies that will help farmers, like protecting crops from animals like elephants, and wild boar and remote controls for irrigation pumpsets will be developed. Advanced farming equipments for weeding, sowing and harvesting and automated drip irrigation systems will also be taken up.

IOT can have a lot of practical implications. For example, a whole hospital can be run on IoT, where tablets used by doctors will sync to computers controlling the lighting, oxygen and medicines administered to patients. All data related to a patient would be analysed to come to the best possible treatment to individual patients.

Prof. Biradar said funds have been sought from the NITI Ayog for further development of the centre under the Atal Innovation Scheme.


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Bridge over Manjra river inaugurated

Source: The Hindu

Bidar: The bridge over the Manjra river near Saigaon village in Bhalki taluk, that connects Karnataka and Maharashtra border, was formally inaugurated by District in-charge Minister Eshwar Khandre on Sunday.

All these years, the Manjra would flow over the old bridge after heavy rains, cutting off connections between Bhalki town and 22 villages in the taluk.

The new taller bridge will help counter such situations. The Public Works Department had allowed movement of vehicles a month ago, to help commute during the monsoon.

The 150 metre long bridge built at a cost of Rs. 13 crore also reduces the travelling distance from Bhalki taluk to villages on the Maharashtra side by around 30 kilometres.

Work on the bridge began in January 2014 and was expected to be completed by April 2015. However, it got delayed by a year, pushing up construction costs slightly.

Irrigation department has built bridge cum barrages in Kongali, Sangam and Halasi. The bridge near Sangam village was inaugurated in June.

Zilla panchayat president Bharatbai Sherikar, vice-president Prakash Patil, PWD chief engineer Suryakant Sringeri and others were present.


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