'Hold public meets prior to projects'

Rajya Raita Sangha-Hasiru Sene President Kodihalli Chandrashekhar warned the government of consequences if it makes any attempt to disturb the peace of farmers by implementing unscientific projects in the name of development. Let the government not take up any projects and acquire farmers land without organising public discussions, he said.

He was speaking at an awareness programme opposing the construction of dams on Kumaradhara river, at Savanoor in Puttur taluk on Sunday. The programme was organised by Rajya Raita Sangha-Hasiru Sene. Opposing the construction of dams on Kumaradhara river, he demanded the government to withdraw the plans to construct seven dams in 20 kilo meters distance on the river for hydro electricity production and ensure that thousands of acres of fertile agriculture land is not submerged. The decision on implementation of the project should be taken after consulting the experts, elected representatives and general public.

“Steps should be taken to shift the attention from hydro electricity generation to the utilisation of solar energy for electricity purpose. The power project companies are luring the farmers with money and are trying to cheat people. The assistant commissioner and tahsildars of Puttur region should respond to the problems of people by withholding the project for sometime, he urged. He assured of bringing the issue to the notice of the chief minister. Raita Sangha District Working President Sridhar Shetty was present.

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