Central Government Clears Yettinahole Project
The `12,912 crore Yettinahole drinking water project, which was approved by the Karnataka Cabinet recently, has crossed all hurdles, including getting the much-needed clearance from the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests, the Legislative Council was told on Tuesday.
In reply to a debate on the project, under Rule 330 in the Council here, Water Resources Minister M B Patil said project works would be launched soon.
Stating that the government had got environmental clearance from the Centre for the project, which is purely a drinking water scheme, he said, “The government is committed to completing it in the next 36 months.”
Informing that the project has been divided into two stages, he said the detailed project report has been already approved by the government, which would be taken up on a war-footing.
The project was envisaged to meet the drinking water need of five parched districts -- Kolar, Chikballapur, Ramanagaram, Tumkur and Bangalore Rural -- and also other parts of the state, he said.
Earlier, raising the issue, BJP member D S Veeraiah had charged that the government was soft pedaling on the issue and also questioned the rationale behind the Cabinet’s decision to annul the award of the tender finalised during the previous government.
“The government is playing with the lives of people in the region by dragging its feet,” he said.
The BJP member tried to stage a dharna even before the Minister gave his reply.
JD(S) group leader M C Nanaiah advised the government to take into confidence the people of Dakshina Kannada and other Malnad districts, who were opposing the project, which needs to divert the west-flowing Netravathi river eastward.