The ‘ratha yatra’ to protest against the alleged delaying tactics by those in power in clearing hurdles in the Kalasa-Banduri Nala project reached Hubli on Monday.

The ratha yatra, which began at Badami in Bagalkot district on October 25, will conclude at the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Dharwad.

It has been organised by the Kalasa-Banduri Malaprabha Jodana Yuva Horata Kendra Samiti in association with the Karnataka Raitha Sena to highlight the need for implementation of the project. The ratha yatra covered the main streets of the city and then the samiti members held a demonstration at Kittur Chennamma Circle.

Addressing the protesters, the samiti office-bearers said that several political leaders had made use of the Kalasa-Banduri Nala issue to come to power, but later had forgotten the issue. They said that the political leaders wanted to keep the issue alive as they wanted to gain political mileage out of it.

They said that although the State government initiated the project, it lacked the political will to execute it fully and get drinking water to Hubli-Dharwad and surrounding villages.

They said they would submit a memorandum to the Chief Minister, through the Deputy Commissioner, on reaching Dharwad on Tuesday.

  • It began at Badami in Bagalkot district on October 25

  • Samiti members stage demonstration