'Appeal against SC stay on KC valley project'

'Appeal against SC stay on KC valley project'

Senior Congress leader K H Muniyappa on Tuesday urged the state government to appeal against the Supreme Court stay order on the Koramangala-Challaghatta valley project by submitting a fresh report on the quality of treated water.

“We are saddened by the court order. At least, five organisations have said the secondary treated water can be used for farming purposes. The Karnataka government should appeal against the court order,” Muniyappa, member of parliament from Kolar constituency, told reporters.

Expressing concern over the acute shortage of water for irrigation and drinking in Kolar, the former union minister said the KC valley project could help farmers get water for their fields and livestock.

While appealing against the apex court order, the state government should prepare a fresh test report on the quality of the treated water and its impact, he said.

The court had, on Monday, stayed the Karnataka High Court order on the KC valley project, under which the state government was allowed to pump secondary treated water from Bengaluru-based sewage treatment plants (STPs) to minor irrigation tanks in Kolar district for recharging the water table.