Save Nethravathi Action Committee decides to fast unto death from Feb 10

Mangaluru: Urging the government to drop the proposed Yettinahole project which aims at diverting river Nethravathi, a massive rally and fast-unto-death protest will commence on February 10, the Save Nethravathi Action Committee members have warned.

Addressing a press meet, the committee members said local MP Nalin Kumar Kateel will head the group of protestors at 9.45 am on February 10 in front of the Gandhi statue in Town Hall premises. Religious heads from all major religions, political leaders, artistes from Tulu filmdom and people closely associated with the agitation from the beginning will take part in the protests, declared M G Hegde, leading a group of committee members at the press meet.

Later, there will be a massive protest meeting in front of the DC’s office at 11.30 am, M G Hegde declared.
He also said ministers and elected representatives from Dakshina Kannada, Udupi have been asked to raise the issue during the ongoing joint legislature sessions on the day of protest on February 10. The committee members urged few elected representatives supporting the Yettinahole project to change their stance to protect the interest of the coastal region and warned the project would turn detrimental to nature and will increase the water woes in the region once implemented.

The committee members also urged the government to change its hard stance as scientists, researchers and experts in the field alike have aired their concern over the impact on ecology as well as water table in the district. The project will not provide 24 TMC water as suggested and will not benefit even those people living in districts surrounding Bengaluru on expected lines, M G Hedge stated.

They asked the people to support the agitation irrespective of their social standing and political affiliation and asked students, doctors, engineers, members of various organisations, bus, van, auto and cab operators to come in support of the movement scheduled for February 10.

The press meet was addressed by M G Hedge and Shashidhar Kolambe. Chairman of Karavali Group of Colleges Ganesh Rao, Sathyajit Surathkal and Dinakar Shetty were among those present at the press meet.


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