Mangaluru: A large number of students from various schools and colleges around the city took part in the protest against the Yettinahole Integrated Drinking Water Project, under the banner of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) on Wednesday September 16.
The protestors raised slogans, “to save the river Nethravathi” and urged the government to find an alternative for the project or to provide water to the parts of north Karnataka.
Addressing the protestors, K Ramesh, ABVP state secretary said the government is not wrong in providing water to the people of the northern region but they must not take ahead Yettinahole Integrated Drinking Water Project as it is unscientific.
He further questioned, if the government is so sure why do not they make an effort to gain the confidence of the people in the district?
The new reports claim that there has is only 9 TMC of water available, whereas as per the project criteria it at least needs 24 TMC of water, he further alleged that the government is nothing but wasting the money of the taxpayers.
“ABVP backs former union minister Janardhan Poojary who has urged the chief minister to scrap the project in a letter. ABVP is ready to fight for this cause and will not rest till the demands are met,” he said.
ABVP vice-president Suhan adding to this said that the government’s decision to execute Yettinahole project will create a huge water crisis in the district. The people of villages and students are on roads and protesting against the project but the people of the city are not concerned, it is high time the government should realize this.
ABVP also organized a protest rally; it started from Bunts Hostel and ended in front of the DC’s office.