Mangaluru: September 29, 2015: Minister for forest, environment and ecology B Ramanath Rai said he has sought permission from chief minister Siddaramaih to speak on Yettinahole project in Cabinet.
Rai told reporters on the sidelines of a World Tourism Day inaugural ceremony here on Tuesday that he and minister for health and family welfare U T Khader will speak on Yettinahole project in the Cabinet, if allowed.
"We have to speak responsibly. We are part of the government. Only about 13 hectares of land including reserve forest and deemed forest is required for Yettinahole project in Sakleshpur taluk. Meanwhile, we are handing over 32 hectares of land for National Highway widening in Shiradi. Tender for Yettinahole project was invited in 2012. Which leader is now opposing Yettinahole project? Is BJP president Prahlad Joshi against it? Do former chief minister Jagadish Shettar oppose it? Is Union law minsiter DV Sadananda Gowda against it? Minister UT Khader and myself part of the government. We have to work accordingly to our loyalty and trust in our government," Rai said adding that he had spoken against Nethravathi river diversion in the cabinet.
To a query on letter from Ministry of Environment and Forest dated March 28, 2013 that specifies the requirement of land as 1,200 hectares, Rai said he is not aware of it.