One was against the Dandavati project and
the other in
favour of it
SHIMOGA: Two protests — one against and the other in favour of Dandavati Irrigation Project — were held almost simultaneously in Sorab and Sagar on Monday.
In Sorab, the Dandavati Virodhi Horata Vedike launched an indefinite dharna satyagraha in protest against the proposed project at Maluru, the site of the project.
Litterateur Na. D’Souza said that many areas in the Malnad region were affected by dams and power projects. This region should not be allowed to be affected by such projects, he said.
Mr. D’Souza said that the State Government was by pushing through the controversial Dandavati project. He said that such projects were not needed in the thick Malnad regions of Shimoga and Uttara Kannada districts. They would lead to the destruction of flora and fauna, he added. He admitted that it had become inevitable for literary persons too to join such movements.
He said that as most of the green cover in Shimoga district had vanished due to one reason or the other, it was better not take up any dam construction.
Congress leader T.N. Srinivas said that Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa should not give approval for such “meaningless” projects that would cause problems to the people of Malnad.
Former taluk panchayat member K.M. Manjunath and president of the Dandavati Virodhi Horata Samiti Vamana Gowda were present.
The Pro-Dandavati Project Action Committee leader and Sorab taluk BJP president M.R. Patil staged a demonstration in Sagar town condemning the policy of the Congress and other activists who were airing their voice against the project.
He was addressing the demonstrators after submitting a memorandum to Assistant Commissioner Praveen Kumar.
He said that the Government would provide all facilities to those who would lose their land and property.
Meanwhile, Minister for Food and Civil Supplies Hartalu Halappa, who represents Sorab constituency, reiterated that the project would be implemented and that the preliminary preparations for it are under way.