Kalasa-Banduri: Little can happen sans notification

A file photo of the Mahadayi project site at Kanakumbi village in Belagavi district.

A file photo of the Mahadayi project site at Kanakumbi village in Belagavi district.   | Photo Credit: P K Badiger

Centre is yet to notify Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal verdict

While there is a general mood of celebration in the Malaprabha command area in four districts of north Karnataka over the environmental clearance for Kalasa–Banduri Drinking Water Supply Scheme, there are still several hurdles to be cleared — the most important one being gazette notification of the Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal (MWDT) verdict.

While officials are relieved after the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change clarified that the scheme would not attract the provisions of the EIA notification as it is a purely drinking water project, they know that nothing would move further unless the MWDT verdict gets notified in the gazette.

‘Nothing great achieved’

President of Raita Sena, Karnataka, Viresh Sobaradmath Swami, who recently a made an unsuccessful attempt to meet the Governor of Karnataka in Bengaluru seeking his intervention in getting the tribunal verdict notified, said “nothing great” had been achieved. The first and foremost thing that should be done to provide momentum to the project for utilisation of the allocated water was to get the verdict notified, he told The Hindu.

The former MLA for Navalgund N.H. Konaraddi said it was wrong to project the development as a great achievement. “First the Union government should notify the verdict. Without it, you cannot even begin the process of implementing the project. But a few are tom-tomming about it and misleading people,” he said.

An official of the Karnataka Neeravari Nigam Ltd., speaking on the condition of anonymity, confirmed that nothing would move without a gazette notification. He, however, said the KNNL was keeping everything ready for further processing as several clearances had to be obtained. “We are getting ready to approach the competent authorities for various clearances as stipulated. Preparatory works are on, including getting surveys done. But it is true that we can proceed further only after gazette notification,” he said.

Meanwhile, farmers’ organisations met in Navalgund in Dharwad district and Nargund in Gadag district on Thursday to chalk out the course of action.

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