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KSPCB convenes public meeting

‘Project will not negatively affect ecosystem’

‘It will be a blessing to drought-ridden district’

Chitradurga: The implementation of the Upper Bhadra irrigation project received the green signal at a public meeting convened here on Thursday by the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board in order to gauge public opinion before obtaining clearance from the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests.

Functionaries of the Neeravari Horata Samiti, activists of various organisations and members of the public participated in the meeting.

State president of the Neeravari Horata Samiti M. Jayanna said that the project would not have substantial adverse effects on the ecosystem of the district.

“Since the district does not have extensive forest areas, the irrigation project will not have a drastic effect on the ecosystem.

Even if a few trees are required to be chopped during the implementation of the project, more trees could be planted to compensate the loss,” he said.

‘Blessing’

Mr. Jayanna said the project would be a blessing to the backward district that had witnessed 59 droughts in the past 100 years.

Echoing similar sentiments, farmer and senior journalist G. S. Ujjanappa said that the project was a longstanding demand of the people here.

The project would bring prosperity to poor farmers of the district and should be implemented without delay, he said. Satish, senior environment officer, made it clear that the department was not against the implementation of the project.

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