Karnataka

Rajendra Singh criticises Yettinahole project

Water conservationist Rajendra Singh interacting with the people of Hassan on Sunday. Prakash Hassan  

Water conservationist Rajendra Singh has come down heavily on the Yettinahole project intended to divert west-flowing rivers to provide water for the drought-affected districts of the State. Such projects could prove disastrous in future, he told presspersons during his visit to Hassan on Sunday.

“I know Kolar and neighbouring districts need water. But taking water from the Western Ghats to those areas will not be the proper solution. I am told ₹13,000 crore is being spent on the project. We have to understand the natural flow of rivers and any harm would prove disastrous and cause drought,” he said.

Further, he maintained that community-driven decentralised water management could be the solution for the crisis.

“With the amount allocated for the project, the government can definitely solve the water problem of the area by adopting community-driven decentralised water management. This should start with water literacy,” he said.

In an interaction with the public, he also opposed cloud seeding saying that it was not necessary.

Responding to a question on locating flow of groundwater, Mr. Singh wanted to know why should one depend on the groundwater. “When we have sufficient water in the form rain, why should we go underground to fetch water?” he asked.

He also criticised the idea of linking rivers. Linking of rivers would not solve any problem, rather create new problems related to sharing of water.

“The best thing is to relate our hearts to our rivers. Then only we think of safeguarding them and protecting them for future generations,” he added.

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