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Mangaluru: People from coast forget Yettinahole - current burning issue in Chikkaballapur

Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru (SP)

Mangaluru, Apr 14: Yettinahole project, which is expected to provide clean drinking water to parched areas of Bengaluru rural, Kolar and Chikkaballapur districts, continues to attract lot of attention at the election in Chikkaballapur Lok Sabha constituency, where former chief minister, M Veerappa Moily of the Congress, has locked horns in direct fight with Bachche Gowda of the BJP. In the previous election, as Kumaraswamy too had entered the fray and Vokkaliga votes had got divided, Moily had won with a slender margin.

Moily and Bachche Gowda have been speaking about the project and taking credit for it. Bachche Gowa has pointed out that the project was approved when BJP's Sadananda Gowda was the chief minister while Moily says he was the brain behind it. While Moily says that the project will be completed and water would be supplied to his Lok Sabha constituency, Bachche Gowda says that so far, thousands of crores of rupees have been spent on this project, and nothing other than stacking of pipes has happened.

M Veerappa Moily

Sometime back, people from the coastal districts of Karnataka and Hassan were up in arms against this project as they felt that ecology of the region would suffer imbalance and water supply to the region would be curtailed. They also were afraid of the consequences of diverting river flow. However, during this Lok Sabha election, this has turned into a non-issue surprisingly.

The fight launched through the National Green Tribunal has not yielded any result, and currently the case is stranded there since the last 18 months because of lack of interest on the part of the tribunal. Because of retirement and resignations of tribunal members, the case was assigned to back burner for some time. Since then it has remained so.

Kishore Kumar from Sakleshpur, ,who has been spearheading fight against the project, points out that because of Yettinahole project works, landslides had occurred at various places and three acres of land had crashed at Hongadahalla and fallen across the stream as a result of which floods had destroyed plantations, agricultural fields etc. He says that if it rains heavily this time, hillocks suffering landslips cannot be ruled out.a

Political parties had taken different stands in the past. While D V Sadananda Gowda and Veerappa Moily had strongly backed the project, some leaders had opposed it. However, no one in positions of power fought against it with commitment as a result of which the Yettinahole project now has been partially executed and no one knows when it will be completed and whether it will be successful.

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  • Vishal, Mangalore

    Sun, Apr 14 2019

    How can we forget the traitors like Moily and Sadananda Gowda? For their selfish intentions, they have stabbed us in our backs. If at all anybody doesn't say anything these days, it is only because of our helplessness.

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  • vishnu bhat, bangalore

    Sun, Apr 14 2019

    By the time Yettinahole gets completed, there will be no forest left there. Any water that gets diverted will leak into the ground enroute leaving both Yettinahole region and Chikkaballapur parched.

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  • Lionel Dsouza, Mangalore

    Sun, Apr 14 2019



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  • Rehna, Mangalore

    Sun, Apr 14 2019

    Moily because of Yettanihole project natural calamity was in coorg. Wait and watch this rainy season shiradi ghats will face the natural calamity . Why cant water be taken from the Tunga and Badhra. Your politucal gimick will end at chikkaballapura this time.

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman / Washington, DC.

    Sun, Apr 14 2019

    I thought Moily will get (bus) ticket to Karkala in May 2014...he was lucky he missed it by 10,000 Votes...

    This time he is most likely to get Chickkaballapur-Karkala bus ticket on 23rd May 2019...Only problem here Moily's BJP opponent Bacche Gowda is more Moron than Moily himself...that is THE problem...


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  • Moideen, Surathkal

    Sun, Apr 14 2019

    We have to blame ourselves for all this happening

    1) Modi comes and goes and no one questions him about this
    2) Sadananda Gowda comes with the buffoon smile and no one is there is break his teeth
    3) Veerappa moily comes for his son's political career and none of us open our mouth
    4) Vijayakumar shetty fought for this when he lost assembly ticket. Now he has got his share and he is silent
    5) Not sure why Ganapathy Mayya (former professor in NITK and now handling NITK mahalingeshwara temple) is not uttering a word
    6) We fight in this column blaming each other but no voice when the real problem comes up
    7) Shame on us

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  • I wish I was there, Bahrain

    Sun, Apr 14 2019

    I never new we have so many Monkeys In the Zoo.

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman / Washington, DC.

    Sun, Apr 14 2019

    Interested in 20% Commission...that was the reason for executing this project...this is joint venture between Moily and Saddu Gowda...

    Those who fight for them in Kuthar and everyhere else are fools...


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  • SAMAD, Mangalore

    Sun, Apr 14 2019


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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sun, Apr 14 2019

    I don't think anyone is interested in Yettinahole ...

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