Which party will see its role in implementing the much-needed Cauvery water project at villages in Chamundeshwari Assembly constituency, especially in Yelwal hobli, translate into votes?
Congress, Janata Dal (Secular) and Bharatiya Janata Party candidates are all claiming credit for the project that has brought relief to nearly 25,000 people.
The project has brought water to the villages once in two or three days (depends on power availability) and has eased the drinking water problem to some extent. When this correspondent visited a few villages in the constituency, including Karakanahalli, Yelchanahalli and Gungral Chatra, to check the mood of voters, residents praised the project for easing the water problem, but said the duration of supply must improve.
Septuagenarian Moganne Gowda of Karakanahalli declared: “My vote is for the party that was instrumental in bringing Cauvery water to my village. No matter which party or candidate takes credit, voters are wise and know who is actually behind the project.”
Cauvery water is pumped from Balamuri for the project. A treatment plant had been constructed at Aloka near Yelwal, about 15 km from Mysore city, for supplying water through pipelines to 53 villages in Mysore taluk. Some villages of Hunsur taluk also benefit.
In August last, the project, costing Rs. 28 crore, was launched by Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar.
However, there have been diverse opinions on who is actually behind the project.
Some village residents remember that it was H.D. Kumaraswamy of the Janata Dal (S) who laid the foundation stone when he was Chief Minister. The BJP insists that it ensured the completion of the scheme. The Congress points out that its member represented the constituency in the Assembly.
The electorate knows who should get “true recognition” for the project; “It will be acknowledged on May 5,” said Mariswamy of Yelwal.
25,000 people in Yelwal now get Cauvery water