Mangaluru, Oct 02, 2015: In a welcome development, all organisations which are opposed to the controversial Yettinahole Integrated Drinking Water Project, have now come together under one umbrella to fight for the common cause. The Netravathi Nadhi Samrakshana Okkoota has now been formed with Dr Niranjan Rai as Convenor to unitedly fight against the implementation of the project.
Speaking to reporters in the city on October 2, Friday, Dr Niranjan Rai said the Okkoota will be organising a Rasta Roko and Jail Bharo agitation at the Mahaveer Circle on October 15. He said anti-Yettinahole protestors from across DK and Udupi districts will participate in the protest.
He also urged all Taluk Panchayats and Gram Panchayats of the district to pass resolutions against the project lest the Okkoota will stage protest against the Panchayats. He further alleged that works on the Yettinahole Project were continuing despite a temporary stay to the project works by the National Green Tribunal.
Dinesh Holla of Sahyadri Samrakshana Sanchaya who also spoke said the Okkoota will put up as many as 1000 banners in private properties to sensitise the public regarding the project.
Another activist Shashidhar Shetty said a team from the district will visit Kolar And Chikkaballapur to create awareness among the people that the Yettinahole project only aimed at fooling them. Similarly, a team from the two places will visit DK to know the impact of the project, he added.
The organisations and individuals who are part of the newly formed Okkoota are : Sahyadri Samrakshana Sanchaya, Mangaluru, Jeevanadi Netravathi Ulisi Horata Samithi, Mangaluru, Malenadu Janapara Horata Samithi, Sakleshpur, Netravathi Ulisi Samithi, Uppinangady, Netravathi Ulisi Horata Samithi, Belthangady, Kannada Katte, Mangaluru, Tulunada Rakshana Vedike, Mangaluru, , Rashtriya Parisara Samrakshana Okkoota, Mangaluru, Malenadu Youth Association, All College Students Association, Arivu Samvada Kendra, Bantwal, Netravati Nadhi Samrakshana Vedike, Bantwal, Bantwal Taluk Nyayapara Samithi, Bantwal, Swaroopa Adhyayana Kendra, Mangaluru, Malenadu Jana Hitharakshana Vedike, Shiradi, Kannada Rakshana Vedike Mangaluru, Raitha Sangha, Mangaluru, Vijayakumar Hegde, farmer leader of Udupi, Raghunath Rao Puttur, Kaveri Nadi Horata Samithi, Mangaluru Bar Association, and Indian Medical Association, Mangaluru.