Mangaluru, Sep 3, 2015 : Sahyadri Sanchaya, a group of environmental activists, would launch the “Yettinahole Uttara Needi” campaign by staging a street play in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner at 4 p.m. to day September 3. Activists will begin “Yettinahole Uttara Needi” campaign in protest against the Yettinahole diversion project or what they call Nethravati diversion project in Dakshina Kannada.
They would distribute handouts having 10 questions to the government and elected representatives with their telephone numbers. People would be urged to ask MLAs, MLCs and MP to answer those questions. The campaign would go on in different parts of the district till September 14, according to its convener Dinesh Holla. A horse or two would be deployed to tour the district for distributing the handouts.
All College Students’ Association would stage a rasta roko in front of the University College, Hampankatta, on Friday September 4, at 10.30 a.m., opposing the project. In a release, the association alleged that the project was “murder of democracy”. It alleged that politicians of Dakshina Kannada were not bothered about the implications of the project. The association urged the government to drop the project.
According to Ravi Kirana Punacha, working president, Hasiru Sene (youth wing), Karnataka Rajya Raita Sangha (KRRS) farmers would block the Mangaluru-Bengaluru National Highway at BC Road in the morning to oppose the project. They would also press the government to fulfil their various demands.
Activists would block the same highway at Uppinangady on the same day from 10.30 a.m., urging the government to drop the project. The Nethravati and the Kumaradhara merge at Uppinangady.
According to the sanchaya it would organise an open meeting on the pros and cons of project in the city on September 19. Elected representatives, media and government authorities would be invited to the meeting.
They would have to answer the 10 questions. If the government did not give answers to the 10 questions, the activists could call for a district bandh to oppose the project.