Mangaluru, Sep 11, 2015: The Netravathi Ulisi Horata Samithi will be staging a Bengaluru-Mangaluru National Highway bundh and a Jail Bharo agitation near Hotel Aditya at Uppinangady on September 15 morning to protest against the Yettinahole Project.
Informing this to reporters here on September 11, Friday, Dr Niranjan Rai, Convenor of the Samithi said as many as 10000 people from various parts of the district, prominently from Belthangady, Puttur and Sullia taluks will participate in the protest and pressurise the government to drop this project.
Dr Rai said the government was going ahead with the Rs 13000 crore project without a Detailed Project Report and without conducting public hearing. This is unacceptable and people have to rise in unison against the project, he added.
The government has easily given a go by to all expert opinion as well as reports regarding the project, he said and alleged that the government was only trying to divert Netravathi and Kumaradhara river waters in the name of Yettinahole drinking water project.
The undue interest of the government in implementing the project only revealed the government’s stance of neglecting the people of the district. If the government undermines the appeals of the people of the region, then the protest may turn aggressive, he warned.
He also warned that the Samithi will apprise the UNESCO regarding the project considering the fact that Western Ghats is a World Heritage Site.
Activists Shashidhar Shetty, Dinesh Holla, Prashanth D’Costa, Gopal Bhat and others were present.