Dakshina Kannada observes bandh against Yettinahole project for the second time

Public transport off the road, business establishments closed

May 19, 2016 12:15 pm | Updated 06:28 pm IST - MANGALURU

An empty State Bank area of Mangaluru on Thursday during  the Dakshina Kannada bandh in protest against the Yettinahole water diversion project. Photo: H.S. Manjunath

An empty State Bank area of Mangaluru on Thursday during the Dakshina Kannada bandh in protest against the Yettinahole water diversion project. Photo: H.S. Manjunath

Dakshina Kannada observed bandh today (Thursday, May 19) urging the State government to drop the Yettinahole or Netravathi diversion project.

The entire district shut down opposing the project for the second time in about two years. Earlier, the district observed bandh when the foundation stone for the project was laid in Chickaballapur on March 3, 2014.

The call by Netravathi Rakshana Samyutka Samithi, an action committee to save the Netravathi, to observe “voluntary bandh” received good response with public transport remaining off the road. Only some private cars and two-wheelers were found plying in the city and in other towns in the district. Business establishments in the district remained closed.

The bandh evoked good response in Bantwal, Puttur, Sullia, Belthangady, Moodbidri, Kukke Subrahmanya and Dharmasthala.

According to the samithi the project involving constructing eight barrages to the tributaries of the Netravathi in Sakleshpur taluk, Hassan district, would dry up the Netravathi, the lifeline of Dakshina Kannada. People and industries in Mangaluru city are entirely depending on the river for water.

Top News Today

Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in

Comments

Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.