Water thirsty Nagarjuna facing no scarcity of water Netravathi in danger of going dry

Posted on Sep 2nd, 2009 and filed under General.

By CT reporter
MANGALORE: Amid fears of acute shortage of drinking water in the city, the industries in the city however have been assured of uninterrupted supply of water. The citizens view this as an extremely disturbing development.
The concerns of the elected representatives to the issues of the people particularly the problem of drinking water to the city dwellers lay exposed during the discussions regarding the MCC resolution in the meeting convened during the last week of August pertaining to the supply of water to Nagarjuna which is due to completion shortly.
Over 25 hydel stations
A proposal to set up more than 25 hydro electric generating stations beginning from Gundya along a 90 km stretch of Netravathi River has already been placed before the government. There is widespread fear that once these projects become operational, and then the city may have to reel under acute water scarcity.
Already, the Gundya project is facing stiff protest. It may be recalled here that a panel led by GS Paramashivaiah had recommended the Netravathi River Diversion Project in the year 2001 in order to improve the water supply situation in Hassan, Chikmagalur, Tumkur, Mandya, Bangalore and Kolar districts. An NGO is of the view that in case the project is implemented then water was sure to be used in abundance by the industries in those districts, at the cost of Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts.

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