Mangalore: Yettinahole project - Dakshina Kannada's lifeline under threat?

Mangalore: Yettinahole project - Dakshina Kannada's lifeline under threat?

Deekshith D V
Daijiworld Media Network - Mangalore

Mangalore, Sep 18: The people of the erstwhile undivided Dakshina Kannada district lived at the foot hills of the Western Ghats with about 10 lac farmers depending on the Netravati river basin for their livelihood. ‘Netravati’ is a river which has various tributaries that flow from the Western Ghats and gather at certain points. It later takes the form of a full-fledged river which flows into the sea while quenching the thirst of the people of Dakshina Kannada.

The story starts here. The state government, in an attempt to solve the water scarcity problem in Kolar and Chikkaballapur, came up with the scheme of diverting the streams that merge with the Netravati river, intentionally avoiding the name Netravati although and calling it ‘Yettinahole Project’.

What is Yettinahole project?

It is nothing but a scheme for diversion of flood waters from Sakleshpur (West) to Kolar/Chikkaballapur (East) districts.

According to S G Mayya, professor for water resource engineering, NITK Surthkal, “The project will be carried out in two phases.

In Phase I: Five weirs (low dams) will be constructed to streams, known as Yetthinahole weir 1, Yettinahole tributary 1 weir 2, Yettinahole tributary 2, weir 3, Kadumanehole 1 weir 4, Kadumanehole 2 weir 5, with total catchment area of 87 sq km. From these 5 weirs, 12 tmc water will be collected.

In Phase II: Three weirs constructed to streams known as Kerihole weir 6, Hongada Halla weir 7, Yetinahole d/s weir 8. Here catchment area will be 90 square km. A total of 12 tmc water will be collected from these weirs."

He also asserts, “In Phase I, weir 1 is considered as the main weir from which water is lifted outside the basin. From weir 2, water will be lifted to a height of 172m to deliver chamber 1. In weirs 3, 4 and 5 water will be lifted to heights of 155m, 55m, and 105m respectively to deliver chamber 2. It is also said that water from delivery chambers 1 and 2 will be diverted to weir 1, through a natural stream.

Water collected in weir 1 is lifted to Doddanagar delivery chamber near Sakleshpur, and from Doddanagar to Haravanahalli chamber through a height of 45 and a rising main of length 7.88km.   In Phase II water from Kerihole, Hongadahalla and Yettinahole d/s weirs will be lifted to delivery chamber 3 which will be at Doddanagara.”

On May 19, 2013, EI Technologies Pvt Ltd, Mumbai, submitted a feasibility report to Karnataka Niravari Nigama Limited.

Fooling the people?

The previous government initiated this project and the present government is continuing the process. The people who rely on the Netravati river basin do not have authentic information about this project and the government has not taken the people of the Netravati river basin into confidence. Though the streams which are to be diverted join the Netravati, the name ‘Netravati’ has been avoided deliberately to mislead the people. Even the streams Yettinahole, Kerihole, Hongadahalla, and Kadumanehalla are Netravati river tributaries.     

Fact is, the water lifted from the streams near the Western Ghats fills 198 tanks in Chikkaballapur and 139 tanks in Kolar. Apart from this, water is also made to feed various tanks of selected towns in Hassan district, Chikmagalur, Chitradurga, Tumkur, Madhugiri, Pavagada and Koratagere, Chamarajasagar reservoir, and Devanahalli industrial area, states the report.  It is learnt from the report the project aims to not only solve the scarcity of drinking water, but even to rejuvenate rivers like Arkavathi, Palar, Jayamangali, Kushvathi, Uttara Pinakini, Dakshina Pinakini, Chitravathi, and Papanashini.  

Effect on ecology

Western Ghats ecology expert panel headed by Prof Madhav Gadgil submitted a report to the ministry of environment and forests, Government of India, on August 31, 2011. Gadgil, in his report, clearly termed the Western Ghats as ‘ecologically sensitive’. Gadgil even advised the government to declare the entire Westen Ghats as an ecologically sensitive area.

Western Ghats consists of forests where various kinds of species dwell.  Western Ghats has a prosperous biodiversity. Rivers are the oxygen to this region that help the various species to exist. These flowing rivers nurture the living habitats, and eco-tone regions where high biodiversity exists. Forest ecosystems act as sponges during rainfall by absorbing water through root systems. Water is stored in porous forest soils and debris, and then is gradually released into surface and groundwater.

Through these processes, forests recharge groundwater supplies, maintain base flow, stream levels, and lower peak flows during heavy rainfall. Western Ghats is home to most significant 138 endemic species.  There are various kinds of trees, birds, and animals dwell in this region. Moreover, numerous east flowing rivers originate from the foot hills of the Western Ghats.

Importance of rivers

According to environmentalist Prof N H Madhyastha, “Rivers flow in various motions. In some places it ripples, it will be stagnant, and in some places it flows very steeply. This is nothing but to create a micro atmosphere for living habitats of particular regions. 

"There are organisms that even flow against the water current. These organisms are adapted to the unique ecosystem. In the region of the Western Ghats there are 179 types of amphibians. River water is essential and useful to each and every living organism. Especially the river eco-tone (edges) region has various animals, birds, and micro living organisms like fish, spider, dragon fly, and snails dependent on it. Trees in this eco-tone region help to stabilize the environment equilibrium,” he said.

“If reservoirs are built then water will start to flow in a razor edge effect. This will be harmful to these organisms. The river mouth is also called the cradle of fish breeding. There are also chances of the salt proportion increasing and this will affect the aquatic ecosystem. Unless these environmental issues are answered through environmental impact assessment by a competent autonomous body, this project should not be taken up,” he added.

Human intervention in elephant corridor

Already there is an ongoing conflict between elephant and man. According to experts, if this project is implemented or weirs are built the elephant corridor will be blocked. Once again, man will have to face the wrath of wild animals because of the vested interests of a few politicians.

Although the government has taken huge projects like diversion of the river, our forest department has no authentic information about the harm that the project can cause to the Western Ghats environment or about the total number of trees that will be cut down.

Dinesh Holla, convener of Vanaya Charana Balaga, who has 17 years experience in trekking, says, “Western Ghats constitutes of Shola forest and grassland. In this, there are several micro organism which play magnificent roles in preserving the ecosystem. There are 129 types of various ants and termites which help the land to absorb the water and play the role of sponge, which helps waterfalls to maintain equilibrium during hot summer. Diversion of river is to kill a river.”

Already in the region of Yettinahole, a 4 km road has been built. Netravati river basin people are being neglected. People of Netravati river basin hardly get rain fall for 100 days. More than 180 days in the year, there is a shortage of water. What steps has the government taken to meet the water shortage in the basin? Has it planned any alternative measures to provide water during the summer when the city and district face water scarcity? 

Pathetic condition of farmers

Generally, people of Dakshina Kannada depend on three crops. First crop depends on monsoon rain. The second crop is partially affected by water scarcity and for the third crop there is lack of water resources. Once this project is completed, the farmer will have to face water scarcity. There is no proper estimation of water demand of the coastal area for various uses like drinking purposes, irrigation, industries, and the city’s use.

The Paramasivaiya Report

Paramasivaiya had proposed two schemes for diversion of Netravati River Water in 2001.

Scheme 1: Scheme for diversion of Netravati river water to North and East. Mainly to supply water to Chikmagalur, Chitradurga, Bellary, Davangere, and Tumkur districts in which he expected 51.73 tmc water within a catchment area of  212 sq km by constructing the Garland Canal along 298 km of the Western Ghats.

Scheme 2: Diversion of Netravati river water to the east for drinking water and ground water recharge.  In this scheme, total 90.73 tmc water was to be diverted from the Netravati river, 20.80 tmc through Garland Canal, 35.79 through constructing 27 reservoirs, and 14.14 by interconnecting canals.  

According to experts, this scheme of diverting the Netravati river was totally unscientific and economically not viable.  Already, the Western Ghats is being exploited by mining, encroachment, and deforestation.

However, it is learnt that the government, without preparing the DPR (detailed project report) has reserved funds for the project in the recent budget. It has also announced initiation of the tender process.  


“Government should follow the legal procedure while starting any project. The government should organize a public hearing to brief people about the project, especially for people who are affected the most. Environment Impact Assessment should be done to study the possible impact of this project. According to Indian Forest Policy each state should have 30% land but Karnataka has only 19% of forest land,” said Kishore, president of Malanadu Janapara Horata Samiti.

Umesh, a resident of Goddu village expressed concerns on the man-elephant conflict and said, “Because of Hemavathi Dam and various mini hydel projects, the elephant corridor has been seriously affected. Due to this, man-elephant conflict has increased in the villages of Sakleshpur. People fear to walk out after 5 pm. If this project is implemented, we will have to face elephant attacks more often.”    

Though the monsoon has not completely ended, the flow of river Netravati has already become weak. Some place have even dried up. If this is the condition now, what about summer? Mangalore city is developing day by day, the thirst of the entire Mangalore city is quenched by Netravati river.

Response of representatives

The people's representatives who won from Dakshina Kannada were either not available for comment, or knew very little about the project. The people of the Netravati basin too are not aware about the scheme. It is high time the governements, irrespective of political parties, stopped considering the coastal region as a laboratory for experiments.


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  • appan varma, thrissur , kerala

    Thu, Apr 03 2014

    AB.E of very early 1960 of Manipal, seen the rains in thec hills from Agumbe to Kollur - the floods then.Visits area even now .Netravathy is dry in kollur in summers now. The whole Netravathi basin has been devastated by settlers from Kerala thro mono cultivation . add the damage done by Kudremukh irons - now stopped, but with habitation all over the area.Increased population and its urbanization has devastated the Eco system despite record rains in the area - Agumbe - more than 7000mm.The water requirement of the people for domestic need in summer ( the area has no rains from October to June begining) will have to be stored thro dams or small storages. An Udipi or Mangalore need more water eve now in summer.The river becomes saline both in the areas near the sea mouth.
    We in Kerala will be forced to divert more water from the east flowing Kabini to west to meet the needs of Kasargod , Kannur and calicut districts . This will force keala to use all its allottment in Cauvery in another ten years putting Karnatak in difficulty to meet the quantum to Tamil Nadu .Think of it. It is imperative that water be diverted to Hemavathy and the dam kept full at the time of the end of the rains , allow the required quantum to T.Nadu before the rains end and reduce flow to sea.Cauvery s not flowing into the sea but there is no depetion in fish availability despite all the fishing now on. A big dam some where in S. Kanara in an area already damaged ecologically by man will be necessary for the future. I have travelled thro the great forests of those days BY FOOT - in late 1950s, but to day no dense forest exist there .
    Hope a sustainabe develoment will be done to feed Kolar , the desrt at least

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  • jayasheel, s v pur

    Wed, Dec 04 2013

    in kolar there is no water, but in our district we are supplying more tomato to all other states. with water we can grow a lot of things. so please send as water

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  • shashikanth, kaup

    Fri, Sep 27 2013

    People should not allow this project. This project will only benefit in politicians filling in their pockets.
    Damage once done to nature cannot be reversed. In future people of mangalore and udupi will have to face water issues similar to other district if this project continues.
    Western ghats are unique and world heritage sites. Better don't play with them!!!

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  • Rithesh,

    Sat, Sep 21 2013

    Don't think this matter being in political party no political party bother about nature we should contribute our bit...

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    Fri, Sep 20 2013

    Our politicians instead of protecting our forest wealth and environment they are bent upon destroying everything just for their personal greed. See the case of mining. Everybody has minted money like anything. And now with the 8000 crores yettinahole project (may be the cost may go upto 20,000 crores or so) which is a bumper for them to swallow. They are least bothered about the poor farmers who are solely depend upon the water of Nethravathi river for cultivation. Its nothing but looting peter and pay it to Paul. This tendency should be stopped by protest.

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  • Mahatma Gandhi, Bangalore

    Thu, Sep 19 2013

    Believe me. Dakshina Kannada district has surplus of water all the years, all the excess water is going waste to the arabian sea. Dry districts like Kolar, Chikkaballapur and Tumkur badly need water.

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  • Ashith, Mangalore

    Thu, Jul 28 2016

    Please come home this summer, Would need your assistance to source and fill up our overhead tanks. I had a real tough time doing it last season.

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  • shivaprasad, ujire

    Thu, Sep 19 2013

    superb write up. touched each corner. governments not learned any kind of lesson from uttharakhand. it is not known that why d.k is considering as experiment land. if this injustice continues there is a posibility of deviding state because in the diversion issue of nethravathi . our lesislative is having dominance of hassan,koratagere, bangalore,chitradurga, and other facilitated constituencies . i think for the well being of state all every constituency is having equal responsibility why mandya , bangalore and other devoloped areas people are depend upon coorg, d.k people ? once they are destroyed the thick forrest, they are interfacing it is theire fate. i think govt has put foundation another thelangana revolution.

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  • Basil, mangalore/dubai

    Thu, Sep 19 2013

    I am not disputing about the article nor the comments. But one doubt I have. Why this article and the objections did not come when BJP Govt proposed and sanctioned this plan. Is it that no one had a courage to oppose and speak the truth.

    Same thing happened to Niddodi project. Now to oppose the proposed party BJP/BD is ready with a saffron flag along with their chamchas & chelas, just to make noice against congress.

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  • Gurudath, M'lore/Mumbai

    Wed, Sep 18 2013

    Both BJP ans Congress are involved in this misadventure. Only solution is to demand for a separate state Tulunadu.

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  • Dr.Simon Sequeira, punjalkatte/Qatar

    Wed, Sep 18 2013

    Dear Mr.Pinto, I disagree your view. We need to think both Pros & Cons of this project.I dont find any Pros in this project. If this project is designed to provide water to Kolar & elsewere during rainy season say for three months, how our law makers provide water for the rest 9 months? The project intention is to re direct the water to that area year long without considering Eco Unbalace of western Ghats and future sufferings of people using Netravathi river Water. As per the plan water need to be stored and pumped to a height ranging from 50 to 175 mtrs. Where our Law makers reserved Power for the lfting pumps? I believe they might have planned to take from Proposed Niddody Power PlantAnother Eco Distructive Project. Just to apease people of interior Karnataka our so called Intelligent planners/Law makers willing to submerge huge area of Western Ghats by water and thousands of Acres of Niddody and surroundings by Fly Ash. Wah re Wah What a fine project design.

    Instead our law makers should visit Ralegaon and learn from the Great Anna Hazare how to manage water.
    At times I think we citizens of failed to produce a good leader to our Incredible INDIA

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  • Pasha, Karnataka

    Wed, Sep 18 2013

    A flowing river or stream allows the water temperature of the region to be maintained. When a dam is built the water temeprature in the dammed area rises as there is no flow & there is heat accumulation. This kills most of the indigenous fish & other living organisms in the water. Instances of breeding the fish in the lab & then releasing them into the dam are met with failure since the rise in water temperature ensures they do not survive. This is up river & progressively destroys life down-stream. We have to ensure that this project never takes off.

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  • flavian dsouza, chik/banaglore

    Wed, Sep 18 2013

    Most of the water goes to the sea its better we pump back to drought hit areas no harm.But utmost precaution should be taken to conserve and maintain the habitat..cutting down few trees and few acres of afforestation is not too harmful and that too for drinking water in dorught hit areas..

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  • Adv. H.A. D'Souza, Kolachikambla, Mulki, Dahisar

    Wed, Sep 18 2013

    Whatever the rainy water goes to the sea if it preserved by this way there will be no drought in India. Professors are only meant for teaching and get salary of one lakh in month what they know poor man's plight.

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    Wed, Sep 18 2013

    Excess water which is flowing to Arabian Sea and creating severe flood situation and creating vast damage to the people in low lying areas during Monsoon from June to August(strictly only for 3 months)may be diverted in this project,maintaining the interest of Nethravathi river basin residents,farmers and Flora Founa of Western Ghats.Farmers & Residents of Nehtravati River basins in low lying areas definetyly will support this project. Majority of them suffered for long time due to the severe flood in these 3 months.

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    Wed, Sep 18 2013

    Our 'unpad' Politicians are killing the nature.They see only money. If they know little about the nature ,surely they will scrap this project.

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    Wed, Sep 18 2013

    India, is one country where politicians thrive , through underhand dealings with land mafia, who come from other regions get lands for free /extortion or bribe...Industrialists who want to set up industries that will fill their coffers at the cost of Nature and Residents,who will have to fight for their RIGHTS . They are decieved by the system that is RUN by bureaucrats and their bosses , the POLITICIANS the ultimate winners who will be unreachable/untraceable during calamity...they will be safe in benami lands or properties gifted from their benifiters in various parts of India or Abroad for clearing projects that brings riches to them a minority.

    Yes, i agree progress and development is need of the hour. For us ages 30`s and above can and will enjoy mother nature at the most for present and maybe for a few years ...what about our future generations who will never ever experience or enjoy nature that god gifted us to CO-EXIST . They at most can experience NATURE in their homes in midst of concrete jungles in their home entertainment screens .Yes our political leaders are who we elect but brainless about nature . They have nothing to lose as they can can settle in places that benifts them during adversities. We people living in coastal Karnataka are getting duped for selfish interests of the few who want water for their self needs and not public . their commercial/industrial projects need water at any cost.......anywhere Kolar,Hassan,desert,water dry or die

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  • Rehna, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 18 2013

    Is Dakishna Kannada heading like Cauvery dispute. Rightly said during rainy season water goes to the Sea. But what about water during summer. How will the water wil be shared during summer. Its the time to wake up dear mangeloreans. First BJP back stabbed and now congress. The main culprit is Veerappa Moily. He being from DK is playing dirty games. Let all the people from costal karnataka Boycott the 2014 general elections to teach these MPS/MLA'S aleeson

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  • James Ravi Pinto, Belthangady/U.K

    Wed, Sep 18 2013

    According to me it is a good project by the goverment of karnataka. We mangalorean by the grace of god enough water during mansoon season. Think about the people who got no water at all in kolar and chickkaballpur District. Common guys grow up and think about sharing rather than passing negetive comments on each and everything. There is no harm in sharing excess water which is flowing to the see rather than utilising for drinking and agriculture purposes.

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  • Lydia Lobo, Kadri

    Wed, Sep 18 2013

    Mr. Pinto,

    Its not in my knowledge that Kolar, Chikkaballapur are desert areas (like Bellary). Please enlighten me if I am wrong.

    As such, don't you think rain water harvesting is more feasible arrangement than transferring the river water that supports the vegetation of some other locality ?

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  • prathesh CA, mangalore, muscat

    Wed, Sep 18 2013




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  • rehna, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 18 2013

    What are you sitting in UK & commenting. Full Mangalore & people from Ujre up to the mangalore are dependent for water from this river. During rainy season water can be diverted. I am not sure whether You or me will be alive. Definately it will be another Dipute like Cauvery.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mangalore/Mumbai

    Wed, Sep 18 2013

    When environmental experts have clearly given the destruction it will cause to the Western Ghats with the rare flora and fauna that it has!! In fact, there was a proposal to make the Western Ghats a WORLD HERITAGE STATUS and in this scenario, it would be utter foolishness and suicidal to go against nature in dividing the river and in the process destroy the Western Ghats!!! Politicians do not care for anything when it comes to garnering vote banks, it is for the common people to increase awareness and see that such projects do not see the light of the day and save whatever little nature is left in the interests of the future generations!! Jai Hind!!

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  • Lydia Lobo, Kadri

    Wed, Sep 18 2013

    I totally agree with you.

    Netravati starts at Western Ghats and flows West, towards Arabian Sea while Kolar/Chikkaballapur are the border districts of TN, exactly on the other side of the Western Ghats.

    I am aghast at who may have given the idea about diverting the river's water - may be a politician is having his farmhouse en-route. Why else would anybody go against an originating natural system ?

    Weren't there any other rivers nearer than Netravati ?

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  • Dr.Simon Sequeira, Punjalkatte/Qatar

    Wed, Sep 18 2013

    Ms.Lydia Lobo Kadri, Many thanks for the info.Thanks to Daiji as well for providing this great platform to share readers views on happenings around us. Its unfortunate that some commentators limit their comments in support of outfits they are affiliated to.We need to have a healthy discussion on this platform unitedly irrespective of our political affiliations and let our views be an eye opener to our own chosen law makers when we feel they go against the will of our citizens. We have several issues to discuss, say it subsidies,Public Distribution systems, Price rise of assential commodities without providing buying power,Communal harmony ,Eco Distructive Projects and so on.

    Dear Readers, Shall we make best use of this platform unitedly to try and find out some sort of solutions to Man Made Disasters.
    Our Views need not be Fully agreed by others but Persons disagree need to publish their vews.

    I find most of the readers have similar views for this important issue

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  • akshay, Mangalore / Dubai

    Wed, Sep 18 2013

    Rather than diverting river against gravity and nature they should try link the river from north as it is done in Gujrath 18 rivers linked thru canal which charges ground water in whole state Gujrath was like a desert 10 years back even capital Ahmadabad did not have drinking water now every village has abundance of drinking water there We have huge rivers like Tunga badra, krishan , sharavathi , kabini etc out of this many rivers flow towards east towards Andra pradesh they can divert these rivers rather than diverting netravathi

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  • Edward R. Monteiro, Kulshekar, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 18 2013

    Dear Readers:This project of diverting the Netravathi river will bring untold miseries to the people. There will be neither rain here nor in the ghat regions. LET US NOT PLAY WITH MOTHER NATURE, ELSE IT WILL BALANCE ITSELF AND DESTROY EVERYTHING. We are now witnessing the mother nature's wrath as it has been raped by successive spineless, selishish politicians. It is time for the people of DK, Udupi, Uttara kannada, Kodagu and Chickamagalur districts to have separate Karnataka State rather than to be fooled by the all the politicians of Ghat regions of Karnataka state.

    At the same time all the MLA's, MP's of the above districts should resign immediately if they are with the people and against the project.

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  • Praveen, Nitte/Bahrain

    Wed, Sep 18 2013

    Nature is first ... Playing with nature which is not good to our future generation .

    If we are giving water to kolar & where we will go?

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Wed, Sep 18 2013

    Niddodi was also given a nod by BJP without using their brains.....

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  • prathesh CA, mangalore, muscat

    Wed, Sep 18 2013




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  • Lydia Lobo, Kadri

    Wed, Sep 18 2013


    More than the media, we need a Medha Pathkar or Anna Hazare to fight for Netravati to be left alone. There will be hoards of locals joining-in but without a leader a fight is a failure.

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  • rehna, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 18 2013

    It was the BJP govt which gave the node for this project. It is vote Bank Politics.

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    Wed, Sep 18 2013

    Playing with mother nature like inviting disasters. It is not life it is death.

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  • geoffrey, hat hill

    Wed, Sep 18 2013

    Typical case of robbing Peter to pay Paul.

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  • S N Bangs, Thannirubhavi

    Wed, Sep 18 2013

    Undivided S K will getting step motherly treatment from all the governments. All they wants to loot the our rich resources and leave us barren.our MLAs/MPS are spineless to fight for our rights.

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  • JOHN R LOBO, Kaikamba/Dubai

    Wed, Sep 18 2013

    Our brainless Politicians should study erst while USSR’s Aral Sea Project. In the early 1960s,the Soviet government decided the two rivers the Amu Darya in the south and the Syr Darya in the northeast that fed the Aral Sea, (Lake lying between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan ) , would be diverted to irrigate the desert, in an attempt to grow rice, melons, cereals, and cotton.This was part of the Soviet plan for cotton, or "white gold", to become a major export. This eventually succeeded, and today Uzbekistan is one of the world's largest exporters of cotton.
    The construction of irrigation canals began on a large scale in the 1940s. Many of the canals were poorly built, allowing water to leak or evaporate. From the Qaraqum Canal, the largest in Central Asia, perhaps 30 to 75% of the water went to waste. Today, only 12% of Uzbekistan's irrigation canal length is waterproofed.
    Formerly one of the four largest lakes in the world with an area of 68,000 square kilometres (26,300 sq mi), the Aral Sea has been steadily shrinking since the 1960s after the rivers that fed it were diverted by Soviet irrigation projects. By 2007, it had declined to 10% of its original size, splitting into four lakes – the North Aral Sea, the eastern and western basins of the once far larger South Aral Sea, and one smaller lake between the North and South Aral Seas.[4] By 2009, the southeastern lake had disappeared and the southwestern lake had retreated to a thin strip at the extreme west of the former southern sea.

    The shrinking of the Aral Sea has been called "one of the planet's worst environmental disasters."[6] The region's once prosperous fishing industry has been essentially destroyed, bringing unemployment and economic hardship. The Aral Sea region is also heavily polluted, with consequent serious public health problems. The retreat of the sea has reportedly also caused local climate change, with summers becoming hotter and drier, and winters colder and longer.

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  • Peter, Bolkunje/Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 18 2013

    Wake up people of D.K. Forget your affiliation and fight for water now and stop this so called Yettinahole project once for all.

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  • Anand, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 18 2013

    As usual reader will start now commenting or blaming on ex and new government and each other or community! Instead of doing that change your attitude and fight for a good cause.

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  • Dinesh Poojary, Kundapura/Bengaluru

    Wed, Sep 18 2013

    That is the reason Congress has given 4 Ministry to South Canara, to fool people and to convince them. All ministers are waste fellows.

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  • Lydia Lobo, Kadri

    Wed, Sep 18 2013


    Please feel free to check this URL :

    Its alright to have your favourite minister / party but some selfless officers do exist today, lets not belittle their good deeds.

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  • Sachidanand Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai

    Wed, Sep 18 2013

    Naturally any development implemented by any Government will face some hurdles from the beginning since our Farmers are emotionally attached with their farms, cultivation and civilization. We have seen only one such Gem of Engineer Dr. Sir M Vishweshwaraiah who personally took interest in rehabilitation of Villagers of more 130 Sq. KM areas of various Villages while constructing the KRS Dam. All Villagers happily agreed to donate and move from their land to new places. Can we find another Vishweshwaraiah in our Coastal Land to convince the people and take them to confidence? Yes I, You or We may lose our land but same time we have to ensure that other people should also get at least proper drinking water in their region too.

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  • Lydia Lobo, Kadri

    Wed, Sep 18 2013

    I salute the great Engineer Sir Vishveshwarayya. I also wish the great legend had thought forward and given the generations after him a method to solve the present silt problem faced by our reservoirs.

    Silt accumulation gets thicker and thicker as years pass-by and we cannot find out a technology to suck it out from the bottom without stirring the tranquility of the water above. Some day, there will be 90% silt and 10% water in the water collected by the dams.

    Man-made-disaster ?

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  • Glenn, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Wed, Sep 18 2013

    Ms.Lydia Lobo I always admire your knowledge and it is worth reading comments.I think you are a resourceful person.Keep it up and keep writing mam.

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  • Lydia Lobo, Kadri

    Wed, Sep 18 2013

    People living on the banks of Netravati and surrounding areas may remember the days when Netravati was overflowing during monsoons. Some low-lying lands like Borimar, Bantwal used to remain submerged for some time severing contact with either sides and causing immeasurable loss to life and commodity. People never complained because the top soil that shifted with the floods made the soil even fertile and abundant crop used to yield during 'Suggi' seanson.

    Then came a ray of hope with a Dam in Poopadi-Kallu. People were told that the access water will be contain during monsoons to be released during scorching summer. It was only when the water of the dam was passed through direct pipelines to MRPL did the people realize that they were cheated because the very lands that were submerged at one time lay barren now. Reason ? The blessing of a naturally water supplying river had been manipulated.

    How many from the affected areas benefited from MRPL ? Hardly any because the farmers and their children were illiterates - not eligible to be granted a job at MRPL.

    Let us wake up now - let the politicians not meddle with the nature's bounty. When nobody can create a river on earth, let them not cause destruction to an existing one.

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