DEMAND FOR DRINKING WATER FROM NORTH KARNATAKA TO INTENSIFY WITH A PROTEST PLANNED IN DELHI
BANGALORE: The long pending demand for drinking water from the people of Belagavi, Dharwad and Gadag has taken a new turn with the Kalasa-Banduri Horata Central Committee joining hands with Jana Samanyara Vedike (People’s Forum) to intensify the agitation.
A meeting in this regard was held with the participation of Mr Vijay Kulkarni, President of Kalasa Banduri Horata Samiti and Mr D Ayyappa, President of Jana Samanya Vedike.
A protest will be held in Delhi to draw the attention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has been announcing hundreds of projects in Gujarat in view of the elections there.
Several letters written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a meeting on the issue has failed to elicit a response from Modi, who seem to be acting as the Prime Minister of Gujarat.
Lack of political will power has failed to implement the project for over three decades. The Kalasa-Banduri Nala project was undertaken by the State Government to improve drinking water supply to the districts of Belagavi, Dharwad and Gadag. The plan is to divert 7.56 tmc of water through two separate canals, Kalasa and Banduri from Mahadayi river which flows into Goa from Karnataka.
Clearance for the project was received from the Centre in 2002. The project however, soon ran into trouble when the BJP Government in Goa headed by Manohar Parrikar who raised objections to the project claiming that it would harm the interests of Goa. Following this, the then NDA Government at the Centre put on hold its approval and funding of the project.
Tussle between political parties has resulted in the no-implementation of the project.