'NGT verdict on Yettinahole relief to state'

'NGT verdict on Yettinahole relief to state'

Visvesvaraya Jala Nigam (VJNL), which is executing the Yettinahole project, on Friday stated that the NGT verdict had come as a relief to Karnataka and the project will be completed in the next three to four years.

The tribunal on Thursday gave its go-ahead to the Yettinahole project to meet the drinking water needs of the parched districts of Tumakuru, Chikkaballapur and Kolar districts.

Addressing reporters in Bengaluru on Friday, K Jaiprakash, managing director,  VJNL said the project would replenish the groundwater table, leading to dilution of chemical contamination, which was a prevailing problem in the districts in the Palar and Pennar basins, especially Kolar and Chikkaballapur.

Pointing out that the project would be operational for only 135 days in a year (between June 15 and October 30), he said surplus water from the Western Ghats was being utilised for meeting the drinking water needs.

A 5.78 tmcft capacity balancing reservoir has been planned at Byragundlu in Koratagere in Tumakuru district , where seven villages will be submerged.

The entire project is being undertaken in two phases. An amount of Rs 2,282 crore has been spent under Phase 1.

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