‘Work in Yettinahole is not against the law’

Laying of pipelines has begun at Hebbasale in Sakaleshpur taluk of Hassan district, for the Yettinahole Project.— File Photo   | Photo Credit: MAIL

As voices are being raised over the commencement of work related to the diversion of Yettinahole — a stream joining River Netravathi — Minister for Environment and Forest B. Ramanath Rai said there is no contravention of any law in the work that has been taken up at present.

“The work that is being done now is a preliminary one. There is no contravention of any provisions. The stage for environment clearance has not come as yet. No trees have been felled so far,” Mr. Rai told reporters after an interaction with the members of Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) here on Monday.

Work questioned

Mr. Rai’s comments come a few days after Union Law Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda’s statement that the works taken up related to Yettinahole near Sakaleshpura had not been in violation the law. Activists are questioning the works, including laying of the pipeline, by stating that they have been taken up without taking necessary environment clearance.

During the meeting, the KCCI members presented a memorandum wherein they expressed their opposition to the Yettinahole Water Diversion project. The KCCI said due to environment constraints the project was technically unviable and financially not feasible. The needs of people and fishermen living in the downstream were being ignored, the KCCI said.

Mr. Rai said the project was for meeting the demand of water to parched regions including Bengaluru, Chickballapur and Kolar. “We did oppose this project. But legislators from those regions are insisting on this project,” he said.

Mr. Rai said officials from Major Irrigation Department officials have told them that Yettinahole comes upstream and had no link with the Netravathi.

Mr. Rai said he has asked Major Irrigation Minister M.B. Patil to hold a seminar in Mangaluru to clarify the concerns expressed by people from the coastal region. “He has assured me of holding the meeting. It will be done,” he said.

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