Mangaluru, Nov 19, 2015: A Division Bench of the National Green Tribunal, South Zone, on Wednesday directed Karnataka Neeravari Nigam Limited (KNNL) to maintain status quo in the issue involving the Yettinahole Diversion Project.
The direction was passed by the tribunal following an undertaking given by KNNL officials and the State government in the matter.
A batch of three petitions had been filed before the Bench questioning the implementation of the project in violation of provisions of the Forest Conservation Act and the Environment Protection Act.
KNNL has been executing the project meant to divert 24 tmcft of water from the Yettinahole to the parched regions of Bengaluru Rural, Chikkaballapur, Kolar and Tumkuru districts at a cost of Rs. 13,000 crore.
On Wednesday, advocates representing KNNL and the State government sought more time for submitting their arguments on the interim application.
Activist K.N. Somashekar, who is one of the three petitioners, said that they [petitioners] opposed granting of time to the respondents. They pressed for orders on their applications.
Advocates for KNNL then placed an undertaking that they will not carry out any work in relation to the project till further orders of the tribunal. Mr. Somashekar said that the tribunal accepted the undertaking and posted hearing of the case to December 7.
Courtesy: The hindu