Belagavi farmers oppose STP location

Sewage Treatment Plant

The Belagavi Shetkari Sanghatan (Farmers Association of Belagavi) has opposed the State government’s plans to locate Belagavi city’s sewage treatment plant in Halaga village.

The Sanghatan members have sent a memorandum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying their lands are fertile and should not be used for building a sewage treatment plant. They have suggested that the STP come up in Alarwad or Muchchandi village where the lands are reportedly infertile. They also claimed that the State government had acquired lands in Alarwad village earlier for the same purpose, but changed its mind later due to political compulsions. They also claimed the plans and designs of the project have been changed several times since 1970, due to the whims and fancies of authorities.

A group of farmers led by Narayan Savant met Urban Development Minister Roshan Baig who was inspecting the site at Halaga and gave him a copy of the memorandum that they had given to the Prime Minister.

The Minister said that he would not take decisions based on politics, but science. “We will follow the advice of experts who are experienced in construction and operation of STPs,” he said. The Minister also reminded the farmers that the issue of location of the STP had been challenged in the courts and the government could not decide on it till it was settled. Ultimately, the Chief Minister will take a decision that is in the interest of farmers, Mr. Baig added.

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