Vishwesha Thirta Swamiji from Pejawar Math on Monday expressed concern over the dumping of mud into the Phalguni or Gurupura River for the Road-cum-Pipeline Corridor connecting the MSEZ and the NMPT near Kuloor.
The Swamiji told presspersons that tampering with the original flow of water would cause a lot of problems and that he would take up the issue with the Chief Minister. The residents of Melukoppala Arthebailu were opposing the work. “The work should have been carried out as per the alignment for which permission has been granted. It's strange that the executors have deviated from the original plan and were causing problems,” the Swamiji said.
The residents accused the Mangalore Special Economic Zone authorities of deviating from the original plan of laying the corridor. “The corridor should come up along the boundary of the Kudremukh Iron ore and Steel Company. But they have deviated from it and were laying the corridor by narrowing the Phalguni River Stream,” said Dinesh Shetty, a resident of Melukoppala.
Another resident Micheal said that they were already facing problems because of the construction of road connecting Kuloor and Jokatte. “Water reaches knee level near our houses when the river water swells. If the river stream was narrowed, it would be difficult for us to stay here,” he said. Despite representations, the Deputy Commissioner and the Mangalore City Corporation Commissioner have not taken any action to stop the work, he said. Parameshwari, another resident, said that the mud road leading to her house, which was close to the river bank, was already sludgy. Vidya Dinakar, from Citizens Action Forum, told that Swamiji that notices have been issued by the Assistant Director of the Coastal Regulatory Authority on April 5 for alleged violation of the coastal regulatory zone norms. “But there has not been any response so far,” she said.