A 10-day padayatra would be taken out in Joida taluk, demanding legitimate facilities to the Kali project evacuees of Joida taluk, said MLA Sunil Hegde.

Mr. Hegde told presspersons in Haliyal on Monday that the padayatra would commence on Wednesday in Joida and end at Ganeshagudi on November 19. If the demands were not fulfilled by then, he would lock the main gate of the Ganeshagudi Dam, he said.

Mr. Hegde said the Government had not yet provided compensation to people who lost their land for the Kali Hydel Project.

Basic amenities were not provided at the rehabilitation centres. The people of Joida were devoid of all civic amenities.

The matter had been brought to the notice of the respective departments and the Karnataka State Power Corporation Limited (KPCL), he said.

Mr. Hegde said that though a team of officials of KPCL had visited the rehabilitation centres, action was not taken to solve the problem. So the padayatra was being taken out, he said.

He said the yatra would begin at Durga Devi Temple at 9.30 a.m. and cover all the villages of the taluk in the next 10 days.

Senior Janata Dal (Secular) leaders of the district and the State, including the former Chief Minister Kumaraswamy, would participate in the yatra, he said.

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