Mangaluru, May 14, 2019: Dakshina Kannada district and especially Mangaluru city, apart from Udupi district and so on are facing unprecedented acute water crisis, the environmentalists have put up banners in different parts of the city and in the districts, condemning the injustice meted out in the name of Yettinahole project. The Yettinahole project is aimed at supplying water to parched districts.
In the banners, a warning has been issued to all the eight MLAs from Dakshina Kannada district— S Angara (Sullia), Sanjeeva Matandoor (Puttur), Harish Poonja (Belthangady), Umanath Kotian (Moodbidri), Dr Bharath Shetty (Mangaluru North), Vedavyasa Kamath (Mangaluru South), U T Khader (Mangaluru) and Rajesh Naik (Bantwal). The banners have been mounted at Hampankatte, Pumpwell, Kottara and other areas.
They have photographs of all the eight MLAs from the district and read, “The voters elected you not to roam in
a car worth Rs 40 lakh. There is no water for the people of the district. The MLAs must sit on a dharna in front of Vidhana Soudha opposing the Yettinahole project. If not possible, tender your resignation and sit on fast unto death and prove that you are genuine Janasevaks.”
In another banner, there is a photo of ChikkaballapurMP Veerappa Moily and Union Minister Sadananda Gowda and it reads, “An attempt is made to destroy the lifeline of the district for a desire to claim commission from Rs 13,000 crore project.”
Minister Sadananda Gowda had, during his tenure, given administrative approval for the project to divert the waters of the Netravathi’s tributaries to areas around Bengaluru, MP Moily was instrumental in getting the foundation stone laid for the project at Chikkaballapur, his Lok Sabha constituency, ahead of the 2014 general elections.
Meanwhile, a call from MLA Vedavyasa Kamath urging all communities in the district to hold special prayers on May 15, Wednesday for rain has been trolled in the social media. ”It is not MLA’s business to call for prayers for rain. He should work out strategies to address the famine, including protecting green cover, to ensure timely rain,” one person responded.
It further says that the people who are in deep slumber are welcoming Moily and Sadananda Gowda for making people drink recycled water. The banners also warn the MCC not to remove the banners.