Staff Correspondent

DAVANGERE: The National Committee for Protection of Natural Resources (NCPNR) and Samaj Parivartana Samudaya (SPS) have strongly opposed the proposed expansion of the Grasilene Division of Grasim Industries near Harihar. According to them, such a move would further pollute the Tungabhadra and have a debilitating effect on both people and cattle in the villages downstream.

Addressing a presspersons here on Friday, S.R. Hiremath and B.V. Veerabhadrappa, environmentalists and office-bearers of the NCPNR and the SPS, said that water consumption of the industry would go up from the present 11,030 kilolitres per day to 18,670 kilolitres after the proposed expansion. This would aggravate drinking water problems in a number of downstream villages, especially during the non-monsoon months. They alleged that effluent discharge into the river would almost double if the industry was given permission for the expansion.