Mangaluru, August 8, 2015: The Sahyadri Samrakshana Sanchaya has strongly condemned the state government decision to go ahead with the Yettinahole Project by letting all rules to wind and by paying no heed to the opposition to the project by people of Coastal districts and Malnad region.
Speaking to reporters here on August 8, Saturday, Dinesh Holla. Convenor of the Sanchaya said the silent approval of the elected representatives of the district to this project reveals that they too would be beneficiaries of the project. “Even MP Nalin Kumar Kateel who had assured not to allow implementation of the Yettinahole Project, is now cheating the people through his silence. DK in-charge Minister who is also the Forest Minister has stuck to power without bothering about the fate of Netravathi,” Holla alleged.
Valuable trees have been felled from forest areas in Kumbaradi, Kesaganahalli, Hebbasale and Kuduvarahalli areas of Sakaleshpur to lay a road without permission of the Forest Department and in clear violation of the Karnataka Forest Conservation Act 1976, he further alleged.
“That this project has commenced without the land acquisition process, without compensation to those who have lost their land, without public hearing and without any survey is nothing but an atrocity,” Holla said.
He further observed that “The Government which one the one hand was stressing to protect forest areas for the sake of Elephant Corridor on the other hand was using the Kagenire forest area for the Yettinahole Project, thereby revealing its conflicting stand.”
Continuing, he said following environmentalist TV Ramachandra’s scientific report that only 9 TMC of water instead of the expected 24 TMC water would be available from Yettinahole, the government was now trying to secretly undertake a survey to utilise Kumaradhara for the remaining 15 TMC water that is required. He even described the Yettinahole as a meaningless project.
Artist Sapna Noronha, Rajesh Devadiga, Dinesh Pai, Madhav Ullal, Harish Adyar, Dinesh Kodialbail and others were present at the press meet.