Mangaluru: The Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad staged a protest in front of the DC Office demanding that the Yettinahole project be dropped, here on September 16.
Prior to the protest, students marched in a rally from Jyothi which culminated in front of the DC Office.
Addressing the protesters, State Secretary of ABVP, Ramesh said that the ABVP is not against the people of Chikkaballapur or Kolar but demands that the government take all the people of Dakshina Kannada district into confidence before starting any project. He said, “The government without taking the people into confidence started the Yettinahole river diversion project, which will create water scarcity for DK district in future. Let the government find other solutions to provide water to the people of Chikkaballapur andKolar.” He also demanded that the project should be dropped and failing to do so, the students will intensify their protest in the coming days. The state and the union governments should find out a permanent solution to solve the water problem for those two districts, he added.
ABVP leader Chaitra said that the people of DK are not against anyone. “But, we do not have enough water. If the project comes into effect, there will be water scarcity for the people of DK as well as Kolar and Chikkaballapur because while the government is spending money for 24TMC of water, it can only fetch 9TMC of water. The government has already spent Rs 200 crores from the tax payers money. Instead of continuing the project, the government should give up on this project and find a permanent solution for the people of Chikkaballapur and Kolar.”
Students shouted slogans against the government and political leaders to stop the project and save Yettinahole river from being diverted.
Later, a memorandum was submitted to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah through the deputy commissioner A B Ibrahim. ABVP district convener Chethan Padil, city secretary Hitesh Bekal, Jayesh and others were also present.