Mangaluru: Netravati Rakshana Samyukta Samiti held a press meet at the Arya Samaj Mandir premises here on March 15.
Addressing the mediapersons, social activist M G Hegde said that on March 17, a day-long hunger strike will be held in front of the DC office to fight against the Yettinahole project. He also said that on March 17, we will keep our demands for the formation of the Netravati River Authority, drop Yettinahole project and exclude Mangaluru from the Special Economic Zone.
He further said that our district in-charge minister Ramanath Rai and health and family welfare minister U T Khader say that they cannot go against the state government as they are part of the government. But we ask the ministers what about the people of Dakshina Kannada? Are they not part of the state government? Both Rai and Khader are aware of the water crisis in their own constituencies, why are they not solving the water crisis in their own constituencies?
He further said that Netravati river is the symbol of the coastal region and we will not allow anyone to destroy it. The state government has neglected Dakshina Kannada district. The government is trying to ban the Kambala which is the traditional sport of Tulunadu and is directly related to agriculture. The Congress government is trying to convert the district into an Industrial hub. All the people of Dakshina Kannada should join hands and fight against the harm being done to our coastal region.
When asked about how to unite people to fight against the project, Ramachandra Baikampady said that the Netravati Rakshana Samyukta Samiti will hold a meeting with all the religious heads and community leaders in 1st week of April. We will also ask their support to fight against the Yettinahole project.
Advocte Dinaker Shetty, Rahim Uchil, Sashidhar Shetty Kolmbe, Yogish Shetty Jeppu, Gerald Towers and others were also present.