Mangaluru, September 6, 2015: Talking to media on the sidelines of District-level teachers’ day celebrations at Vokkaliga Gowda Samudhaya Bhavana at Tenkila in Puttur on September 5, Dakshina Kannada In-charge Minister and Minister for Forest, Environment and Ecology B Ramanath Rai made it clear that being a cabinet minister he cannot ’oppose’ the Yettinahole project. The minister said that the project was passed unanimously in the Assembly.
Rai came down heavily on a few leaders for their double stand on the project. They speak one thing in Mangaluru and another in Bengaluru. Now, only central ministry for environment can stop the project. I will convene a meeting of people’s representatives of the district and a public grievances meet can also be held he said.
On a query on the project affecting the elephant corridor, he said the issues can not be linked. This is a development work. Meanwhile, the minister termed those who oppose Kasturi Rangan recommendations and Yettinahole project as hypocrites. The Kasturirangan report was prepared with a view to protect the environment. But they opposed it. Same people oppose the Yettinahole project saying it would be harmful to the environment.
Minister for Health and Family Welfare U T Khader expressing his helplessness said, Every aspect of the project should have been discussed before passing it in the Assembly. However, Major Irrigation Minister M B Patil will visit the district at the earliest. A public grievances meeting before passing the proposal will be more meaningful.
Khader said chief minister has assured of Paschima Vahini project which will supply water to Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts through check dams.