'Government should concentrate on rain water harvesting instead of Yettinahole'

Indian Institute of Science Centre for Ecological Sciences Energy and Wetland Research Group (CES) Head Dr T V Ramachandra said that the State government should concentrate on rain water harvesting in Kolar and Chikkaballapur districts which have the capacity of around 52 TMC and 62 TMC of rain water production respectively, instead of Yettinahole project.

Addressing the gathering at an interaction programme organized by the Citizen’s Council here on Friday, he said that both the districts receive around 500 to 900 mm rainfall per year which is not bad. “I have conducted research in Kolar between 2000 and 2003. As the green patch was destroyed in the district, people have lost the ground water. The government should take up technical approach and start the de-silting works,” he added.

The senior scientist also expressed concern over the  authenticity environment assessment work, which is very necessary in any environment related project.
“If the government and officials neglect scientific reports and harm nature it would affect source of water and food. The evergreen forest of the Uttara Kannada district has dipped from 67 per cent to 37 per cent in a few decades. Now, Yettinahole has 45 per cent of evergreen forest. But, unscientific projects would cause irreparable damage to the Western Ghat,” he warned.

Tumkur Science Centre vice president C Yathiraju said, the Karnataka Neeravari Nigama Limited is in a hurry to implement Yettinahole for political gain without proper study or forest clearance.

“They are misleading the National Green Tribunal by commencing the work. The Forest Department has completely failed to implement Forest Protection Act,” he said.

There is no proper water management in the country and it causes issues like Krishna, Mahadayi, Cauvery etc. There should be a National water policy for state bodies to solve the confusions. Efforts should be done to preserve traditional water bodies like lakes. Discussions should be held for the reason behind the draught situation in a few North Karnataka districts than finding out temporary solutions, he said.

Citizen’s Council president Sunil Acharya, Member of Parliament Nalin Kumar Kateel were present.

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