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Fresh move to bring Netravati water to parched Bengaluru


Bengaluru, Aug 8 (DHNS): Engineers and experts from Indian Institute of Science (IISc) on Monday made a presentation before Bengaluru Development Minister K J George and Urban Development Department officials on bringing the Netravati river water to Bengaluru by extending the Yettinahole project.

Mahendra Jain, additional chief secretary, UDD told DH, “Nothing has been approved so far and it is too early to say anything. They have made a presentation and the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) will look into it,” he said.

When asked if this was an extension of the Yettinahole project, Jain said: ''May be. Netravati water can be pumped up to Yettinahole and during lean months at Yettinahole, the pumping machinery and pipeline from Yettinahole can potentially be used to pump the Netravati water.''

BWSSB chairman Tushar Girinath said that they had asked Prof T G Sitharam from the Department of Civil Engineering in IISc and his team to prepare a feasibility report.

“Netravati water can be a good source and the idea is feasible. But we have to assess the report. The economics need to be worked out along with the infrastructure and other details. We can treat sewage water and use it, but the demand is increasing and we have to look at the needs till 2050,’’ he said, adding that there are proposals to bring water from Linganamakki too. The state government is keen to bring Netravati water to quench the thirst of water-starved districts of Hassan, Bengaluru Urban and Rural and Chikkaballapur.

The officials who attended the meeting did not divulge details. Despite repeated attempts, George and Sitharam were not available for comment.


Idea opposed

This idea has been strongly opposed by other experts and professors from IISc. Prof T V Ramachandra from the Centre for Ecological Sciences, IISc said that it is absurd to bring water from the Western Ghats.

“Bengaluru gets sufficient rain water. The city needs 17 tmcft water, we get 750 mm rainfall annually. Around 18-20 tmcft sewage water is flowing. If even 16 tmcft is recycled and reused and lakes are rejuvenated, then we do not need to divert Western Ghats rivers. Those who are supporting the idea, should visit Gujarat, where people are foul mouthing the government for diverting river water. They are complaining that the ground water has become saline and productivity has come down. I strongly oppose bringing Netravati and Linganamakki water to Bengaluru,” he said.


Comment on this article

  • mahesh, Mangalore

    Tue, Aug 8 2017

    we have congress MLA' from DK
    we have BJP MP from DK.
    none of them will raise thier voice in this.
    veerappa moily and D V S started this yettinahole..

    we should do something, before they make DK a desert

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  • Honnappa, Byadagi

    Tue, Aug 8 2017

    A move to loot forests of western ghats of Karnataka which has few remaining big trees. If this happens then in few years from now we will see only barren hill of western ghats. If government is really concerned about providing drinking water to Bengaluru, then supply through 20 litre bottle which will be much cheaper than spending thousands of crores on useless project.

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Tue, Aug 8 2017

    Instead of Netravati it better to give from Tumbe.

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  • Marle, Kudla

    Tue, Aug 8 2017

    Take as much water from Arabian sea and setup desalination plant in Bengaluru.

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  • Samuel Sadanand, Balmatta/Kuwait

    Tue, Aug 8 2017

    Very bad idea...people of DK have to unite now or perish.

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  • Edward R Monteiro, Kulshekar, Mangalre

    Tue, Aug 8 2017

    It is time that the people of Dakshinna Kannada and Udupi demand sepaerte Coastal Karnataka State and throw out this Congress Government in the next and future elections.

    After tasting the failure in Yettinahole Project, this Congress Government of Mr Sidararamiaha proposing another blunder on the people of Coastal Karnataka. What a Super idea of this Mallu Minister Mr. George to loot the taxpayers money. Looting public money and doing scams must be learnt from Congress people. Jai Hind

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  • Alwyn Crasta, Mangaluru/Bengaluru

    Tue, Aug 8 2017

    One can certainly depend on our so-called leaders to provide the most absurd solutions to the most burning problems of today. The "bright idea" of de-notifying 1,500 lakes in Bengaluru, is a shining example of ideas gone haywire.

    Many among the present generation, may not even get to see running water, streams, ponds, lakes, rivers, etc., a few years from now. A time will surely come, when we would have to import water from other neighbouring countries. Trust our present 'ruling dispensation' to mess up our environment beyond redemption. "God Save Karnataka".

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  • Aubb, Kuwait

    Tue, Aug 8 2017

    I fail to understand, why Coastal people have to sacrifice their water rights for the folly of BL and other places.

    Coastal area by itself lacks water policies and measures to meet the needs of growing population and infrastructure.

    Varahi project is still a failure, this project if allowed to take shape will not only fill the fat bellies of a few, but will also prove disaster for Coastal region.

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  • Shaf bhakt, Mangalore

    Tue, Aug 8 2017

    Chill guys.

    You can fight on religious politics n represent support some ideology that's not useful modern life.
    You can kill human in the same name n make tall claim about Mangalore everywhere.
    You have been slaves across the globe n u work hard like a machine every where you go.
    Some one else makes decision about resources sitting in Dehli n Bengaluru.
    You still work hard for none of your use.

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Tue, Aug 8 2017

    Now idea of tulu state or joining Goa state sounds more correct...

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  • readerwriter007, pune

    Tue, Aug 8 2017

    *** A RED ALERT TO THE DISTRICT***
    Unfortunately all the district leaders are sleeping and will be sleeping till the project gets all the clearances and kicks off. then they will join the common men while protesting. Waste leaders of the DK... No idea with what and all they are going to screw our lovely district.... Another disaster and hence I made a clear call out as *** A RED ALERT TO THE DISTRICT***

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  • Dinesh, Dubai

    Tue, Aug 8 2017

    need separate state they are looting our wealth (corruptin) ,health (Nagarjuna project)and now water (Nethravati).

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  • Beowulf, Mangalore

    Tue, Aug 8 2017

    First, we need our own separate state.

    We need a strong secessionist movement to go our separate ways. We should not bend to the people who make a decision about our resources sitting hundreds of kilometres away. They are undermining the livelihood of the people of DK because they are selfish and can't manage the resources they have.

    What happens if the water requirement of Bangalore grows in the future?? Will more water be sent to Bangalore?? Who will decide how much water is to be sent to Bangalore? What will happen to the people who depend on river water in DK?

    If The Powers That Be in Bangalore thought about it earlier, rather than changing the name from Bangalore to Bengaluru they would not be in this position. Bangalore needs to expedite the adoption water conservation methods to meet their own demand. Diverting water from rivers is not the solution.

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Tue, Aug 8 2017

    New project may warm up several pockets! Not pockets of dry land!!

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Tue, Aug 8 2017

    Ensure that excess water which is freely flowing into the Arabian sea is made use of.

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  • Prashant Rao, Mangalore/Riyadh

    Tue, Aug 8 2017

    Mangalore and nearby districts have been facing severe shortage of water last 2 years and if they start diverting the Netravathi water to Bangalore, god help. This is all for filling pockets. All the state needs is more storage and dams as the current facilities are not enough.

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  • VK, Mangalore

    Tue, Aug 8 2017

    George is trying his best to keep his eyes wide open....

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  • Af,,, Mangalore

    Tue, Aug 8 2017

    Bangaloreans must learn first water harvesting at every house and ward wise, most of the rain water goes to the drainage as waste,

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  • Mohit, Mangalore

    Tue, Aug 8 2017

    How many crores Mr. George in your Account?

    Every development need to analyzed by international experts, and people's opinion has to be taken before Govt. spend on multicrore projects in Karnataka. We see budget being used and no or hardly see any development in DK so far. Underpasses are in-complete even after 5 years. What is govt. doing about it other than causing inconvenience to the people?

    Jai Hind.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Aug 8 2017

    This year we have had sufficient rains all over Karnataka ...

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  • Shankar, Mangalore

    Tue, Aug 8 2017

    Sufficient rains mean no droughts.
    If no droughts, no drought relief funds. Hence these new gimmicks are necessary to ensure an uninterrupted inflow.

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  • Poojary, M'lore

    Tue, Aug 8 2017

    George will kill Mangalore people by thirst .

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