Mangaluru: Almost five years after the controversial Yettinahole project was brought into existence, a much-needed public hearing was conducted by the Karnataka State government representatives and the district administration in the presence of a large number of people representing various environmental, as well as social organizations here in the city on Saturday, September 19.
Much-delayed public hearing finally held in city-1The intense discussion was held at DK district Zilla Panchayat hall. It also saw the participation of irrigation experts, activists, and the media.
The discussion began with DC Ibrahim briefing the gathering and beginning the session with a presentation by the Karnataka Neeravari Nigam Limited; however, the agitated crowd that had been protesting against the project for months now interrupted him. They declared that they just want their questions to be answered and added, “We need no more presentations and want our answers.”
One among the activists said, “We have gathered here in the Netravati auditorium and we request that the heritage of Karavali – River Netravati should live in order for us to survive.”
MP Nalin Kumar was in support of the activists and questioned the state ministers for not bringing the matter to his consent before implementation and he welcomed the government’s interaction program.
“The hospitality of the people of Karavali is such that whenever an outsider enters the house we offer them water, because water is a gift of god and we need to share it. However, what the Congress government is trying to do is merely unscientific. This will not only destroy Dakshina Kannada district, but the entire environmental region of the western ghats”, an activist said.