Mangaluru, March 13, 2016: Leaders of various organisations led by Nethravati Rakshana Samyuktha Samiti (NRSS) resolved to demand a separate state for "Tulu Naadu" in order to protect the interests of people of coastal region.
Delivering a speech after inaugurating a new office of NRSS at Arya Samaj, former NITK professor, hydrologist and leader of anti-Yettinahole project leader S G Mayya said, "We need a separate state for Tulu Naadu." Peeved over the implementation of Yettinahole project several organizations in Dakshina Kannada have demanded a separate Tulu Naadu state.
He said that the state government has been ignoring the demands of the people of Dakshina Kannada when it comes to Yettinahole project. "We have tribunals like Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal to solve issues related to water.
However, all such tribunals deal with issues between two states. Hence, we need a separate state for Tulu Naadu. The government is responding immediately to people in parched district when they start agitation. However, the government is not trying to understand the gravity of water crisis in Dakshina Kannada district," Mayya said adding that people of Dakshina Kannada have failed in bringing the attention of the government with regard to Yettinahole project.
"Nethravati Jala Samrakshana Pradhikara, an authority, should be set up to protect our rights over Nethravati river. For this, we need political will among our elected representatives. Hence, at this juncture, a separate state is the only way out to push forward our demands," Mayya added.
Former MLA K Vijayakumar Shetty said the voice of the people of Dakshina Kannada is not being heard in Bengaluru. "While only few elected representatives have raised their voice against Yettinahole project, ministers from our district including Ramanath Rai have not made honest effort. Yettinahole project is being implemented through political leaders with vested interests, corrupt officials and contractors for their gains. Ministers should remember that the chairs they occupy are not permanent," Shetty added.
Activist M G Hegde sought answer from ministers from the district Ramanath Rai, U T Khader and K Abhaychandra Jain with regard to government’s stand on implementation of Dr G S Paramashivaiah Committee Report. "Ministers from our district are silent when chief minister Siddaramaiah is planning to implement the Dr G S Paramashivaiah Committee Report. Let Ramanath Rai and Khader, who opposed the report speak now," Hegde dared.