New Delhi, Nov 12, 2016 : The National Green Tribunal has censured the Karnataka Government as well as the Union Government for neglecting environment related issues while implementing the Yettinahole Project.
The Tribunal which undertook hearing into the petition filed by KN Somashekhar, Purushottam Chitrapur and others opposing the Yettinahole Project, threw a volley of questions on both the governments.
Legal counsel for the Karnataka Neeravari Nigam which has been entrusted with the task of implementing the project, told the Tribunal that though initially it was stated that 600 hectares forest land was needed for the project, at present it has been revised so that 13.39 hectare forest land is required. There is permission to fell 4,995 trees, he said.
Meanwhile, Advocate General Madhusudan Naik who represented the state, said that the project aimed at providing drinking water to parched districts.
Justice Swantatra Kumar who immediately intervened questioned as to what measures have been taken to plant saplings to replace the 2700 trees already felled.
The hearing in the case has been adjourned to December 2