TO STOP THE UPPER BHADRA LIFT PROJECT WHICH IS DESTROYING THE GREEN ENVIRONMENT
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UPPER BHADRA LIFT PROJECT:
The Government of Karnataka is slowly making a move that will cause a great harm and loss to the people and environment of Malenadu region falling under Shivamogga and Chikamangaluru District. The Upper Bhadra Lift project is being expanded in second stage to provide water for drinking and agricultural purpose for Davanagere, Chitradrga and Tumkur Districts. Kolar and Bangalore might be involved in the 3rd Stage of expansion.
There is a proposal to lift a total of 17.4 TMC of water from Tunga River and send it to the Bhadra Reservoir. The route proposed is very much disputed as the KNNL (who are executing the project) have taken the long route. This move has raised suspicions in the locals, farmers and environmentalist that this is done to favor the TIMBER LOBBY. This project will take the life of nearly 25,000 rich trees of various varieties. Four villages have to be moved and the worst part is that these villages are inhabited by the people who had lost their lands during the construction of Bhadra Dam. The villagers have volunteered them self in showing the State Government in showing the shortest route to save the forest land and the tax payers money but the politicians / political parties irrespective of the party and outfit have joined hands in this greatest scam to mint money.
After lifting the water from the Tunga River into Bhadra reservoir a total of 29.90 TMC will be diverted through canals to Davanagere, Chitradurga and Tumkur Districts for drinking and farming purpose.
Consequence of this project on the life’s of the people of Shivamogga and Chikamangaluru District:-
With the rainfall depleting tremendously from the past several years, all the rivers and its tributaries in the Malenadu region has lost its old charm. Most of the river tributaries have drained up and future looks very bad for the people of these regions. The people of Yedehalli or N.R Pura lost thousands of acres of paddy lands when the Bhadra Dam was commissioned. This part which got submerged in the back water was called “RICE BOWL OF MYSORE STATE”, and used to yield the highest agricultural revenue in the Mysore State. Now the people of the region are made to sacrifice their lands and dreams again in the name of development.
The best part is that the Karnataka State government had organized a public hearing at Huliyar Village, Chikknayakanahalli Taluk, Tumkur District and obliviously the people have given positive remarks. It’s the people of Chikamangaluru and Shivamogga District whose water and land are being used for this project and they should be offered a platform for public hearing but the Karnataka State Government is not even ready to hear the woes of Local people. The Environment Clearance for the project is still pending but the state government has already initiated the project axing thousands of trees already.
IF THE PEOPLE OF MALENADU DON’T WAKE UP NOW THEN THEY WILL NEVER GET A CHANCE TO WAKE UP. LET’S JOIN HANDS TO SAVE OUR WATER, RIVER, FOREST AND ENVIRONMENT FOR OUR NEXT GENERATION TO LIVE A HEALTHY AND HAPPY LIFE.
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