KARNATAKA

Govt. told to make clear stand on irrigation project

Belur Gopalakrishna, former MLA, has asked the State government to make its stand clear on Kalvaddu Halla-Hosakere irrigation project.

It may be mentioned here that the State government in August 2019 had sanctioned administrative approval for the project estimated to cost Rs. 127 crore. The project intends to irrigate drought-affected villages of Shikaripur taluk by constructing a dam across Kalvaddu rivulet near Kundur village in Barur Grama Panchayat limits of Sagar taluk. The farmers who own agricultural land in Kundur, Barur, Madiwalanakatte, Midinagara, Kalkoppa, Parsekoppa, and Theppagodu villages that will be submerged in the project had staged a protest demanding the State government to backtrack from the move to implement it. Mr. Gopalakrishna told presspersons here on Saturday that while H. Halappa, Sagar MLA, has said that the State government has decided to drop the plan to implement the project, B.Y. Raghavendra, Shivamogga MP, said in Shikaripur recently that works related to the project would commence soon.

He said that many farmers who will lose land for Kalvaddu Halla-Hosakere project were from the families that were displaced from construction of Linganamakki and Hirebhaskara dams. With the construction of dam across Kalvaddu, they would be subjected to another round of displacement. The residents of Sagar taluk would oppose the project in unison. As the statements issued by Mr. Halappa and Mr. Raghavendra are contradictory and have created confusion, the State government should make its stand clear over the project, he said.

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