The Government's Netravati Diversion Project came under strong criticism here by members of the Netravati Rakshana Samiti who said the project would cause drinking water shortage for residents of Dakshina Kannada district and affect the eco-system of the area.

Addressing a press conference here on Saturday, the president of the samiti K. Vijaya Kumar Shetty said the project was akin to “stealing bread from one and giving it to another”. Diversion of water from the Netravati will deprive the residents of Dakshina Kannada their only source of drinking water.

“Between the months of January and May every year, the residents face acute water shortage. The government is spending Rs. 7,000 crore for the diversion; had they provided even 10 per cent of the same to address the drinking water problems in Dakshina Kannada district, we would have been happier,” said Mr. Shetty. “The project will also affect the farmers and fishermen,” he added.

The organisation also criticised the Government for not adopting a holistic approach to the project. “Realistic surveys should be conducted, demand and supply of the population considered and their confidence should be won over,” said S.G. Mayya, professor from the National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal.

Strong opposition to diversion of

the Netravati