Staff Correspondent

Farmers say catchment area of Bhadra reservoir will be destroyed

  • Government accused of trying to hoodwink people of Chitradurga
  • Resignation of Davangere MP sought

    DAVANGERE: Farmers of Bhadra Command Area, led by Bhadra water consumers' society, Bharatiya Raitha Okkoota and other organisations have decided to launch an agitation from December-end against the proposed Upper Bhadra project.

    A meeting of farmers and political leaders of Davangere, Shimoga and Chikmagalur districts will be held in the second week of December and the meeting will chalk out the plan of agitation against the project and create awareness among people about the shortcomings of the project.

    Addressing presspersons here on Wednesday, Kengo Hanumanthappa, Tejaswi Patel and K.M. Kotreshappa said the catchment area of the existing Bhadra reservoir would be destroyed if the Upper Bhadra project was commissioned.

    Describing the project as unscientific and impracticable, they alleged that the Government had been trying to hoodwink the people of Chitradurga and other parts by giving false promises that it would implement the project.

    Other proposals

    They said the project was not viable and impossible to be implemented. They urged the Government to consider other proposals, including the Netravathi diversion to provide water to Chitradurga and other places.

    Mr. Hanumanthappa alleged that Davangere MP Siddeshwar was favouring people of Chitradurga by supporting the Upper Bhadra project.

    He demanded the resignation of the MP and said that after supporting the Upper Bhadra project, which was detrimental to the farmers of Davangere and other regions, he had no moral ground to continue as MP of Davangere.

    He appealed to the government not to sow the seeds of animosity between people of Chitradurga and Davangere by raking up the Upper Bhadra issue.