Mangaluru: Dismissing environmentalists' plea, NGT clears decks for Yettinahole project


Daijiworld Media Network - Mangaluru

Mangaluru, May 25: In a setback for environmentalists fighting against the Yettinahole drinking water project, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Friday May 24 dismissed the petition challenging the project.

The bench headed by NGT chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel refused to set aside the sanction granted by authorities.

The bench, however, directed the state forest department and the ministry of environment and forests to monitor the project, and if any violation was found, to take appropriate action against the project proponent.


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The petition had been filed by environmentalists K N Somashekar and H A Kishor Kumar who alleged that the Karnataka government had not obtained required permission from various statutory bodies before starting the work. They sought injunction restraining the government from proceeding with the work without conducting the scientific study of environment impact on the Western Ghats. They had also raised suspicions that though a drinking water project, the government may use it for irrigation as well.

Dismissing the plea, the bench said, "We feel that neither the appellant nor the original applicant had made out any case against the implementation of the project and set aside the sanction granted by the authorities for this project. So both the appeals as well as the original application lack merits and the same are liable to be dismissed," the bench said.

The bench also noted that the ministry of environment and forest reserves had clarified that as it was a drinking water project, no environment clearance was required.

Referring to the National Water Policy, the bench said that "any project intended for conserving the ground water level or ground water table in a much affected area by providing a method for recharging the same so as to increase the replenishing of water table so as to increase the available water in that area has to be encouraged," adding that the policy also provides for diverting the flood water in a scientific manner.

"Further while granting stage-1 as well as stage-2 approval, the central government has considered the report given by the principal chief conservator of forest, Karnataka and also the report submitted by the chief wildlife warden wherein they have categorically stated that it is not (falling) within the prohibited distance of any national geological park or any wildlife sanctuary so as to get clearance from the wildlife board as contended by the counsel for the appellant as well as the applicant," the judgement read, adding, "the impact of the Western Ghats has been considered and only a minimum extent was permitted to be used for non-forest purpose which is required to meet the contingency of providing drinking water to the general public who are affected by the water scarcity."

The tribunal also said that the documents produced by the applicant show that the government as well as the authorities have called for necessary documents wherever they required clarification and only after getting those clarifications and the documents that they have granted the approval.

"The notification relied on by the counsel for the appellant as well as the applicant issued in the year 2015 on the basis of Dr Kasturirangan Report on Western Ghats also didn't prohibit the project regarding drinking water purpose and only certain categories of activities specified therein alone were prohibited," the tribunal said.

Besides Justice Goel, Justices S P Wangdi and K Ramakrishnan were part of the bench.

 

With agency inputs

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  • Ahmed, Mangalore/Dubai

    Sat, May 25 2019

    This project is going to benefit only and only BANGALORE city. Why should Mangalore suffer for the sake of Bangalore.

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  • Antony, DK

    Sat, May 25 2019

    We are already experiencing it. Look at last year disaster which has left many without home. At the end of the day we ourselves pay the price for not stopping this man made calamity.

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Sat, May 25 2019

    What I heard is, only extra water during the rainy season that is going into Arabian sea will be diverted to Yethinahole. If it is true..... nothing to worry! Let people of other parts of state enjoy good water which is otherwise going to end into sea!

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  • Sandesh, Mangalore

    Sat, May 25 2019

    Dont worry DK people will get Drinking water from Sea.

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  • Bob, Udupi

    Sat, May 25 2019

    First Bad News After Elections and Modi 2.0.

    More Bad News to Follow.

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  • Indian, Mangaluru

    Sat, May 25 2019

    It will be a disaster
    Now only PPL of DK are suffering with acute scarcity of water. No water in mlore now days at all. If water comes only once in a week that to drop by drop. All wells are getting dry and wells which which didn't dry or lessened in water level for so much decades are showing that signs.
    It is very difficult to stay in mlore because of amount apartments are coming up daily and no.of borewells they take is uncontrollable and the water from near by wells is drying off.
    For the first time so many wells are dried up and corporation water is also once in week.
    So many PPL are suffering and our coporators, ministers have done nothing.
    Either they can give water by tankers from the wells which are having water to the PPL.
    In that mlore all three MLA's are absolutely nightmare.
    That worst MP's Gowda and Moily should be made to feel the difficulty of the PPL.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Sat, May 25 2019

    Sadanand Gowda must be a Happy Man ...

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Katapadi/Bangaluru

    Sat, May 25 2019

    NGT might have taken looking at the need of this project and total positive impact on the people around.

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  • flavian dsouza, chik/bengaluru

    Sat, May 25 2019

    Disaster !!western ghats should never be touched ...you have enough ways to ensure and tap rivers and lakes ....

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  • dinky, HILL TOP KUDLA

    Sat, May 25 2019

    seee modi 2 nd term 1ST bouncer ON karnataka ..that too on dk people.
    bhaktahs ask ur modi, which u voted saying he is god saviour...shown true colour.
    these polticians dnt care any one they just mind their pocket nd their fame nd name.

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  • John Tauro, M'lore

    Sat, May 25 2019

    The man who promised to bring water from Nethravati to Chikaballpur and Kolar was routed in the recent elections.

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