Yettinahole project site a 'mess', say locals; officials refute

Mangaluru: The incessant rains that have wreaked havoc in the Malnad regions seems to have impacted the Yettinahole project site as well.

According to the locals, substantial damage has been caused at the project site owing to the incessant rains and the resultant landslips. Reportedly, the machinery at the site, in Sakleshpur taluk where work is ongoing, is stuck in the mud, the pipes laid to carry the water are submerged in the debris and the site itself is flooded.

The Rs 13,000 crore project aims to supply water to dry areas in Tumakuru, Kolar, Ramanagar, Chikkaballapur and other districts by diverting water the tributaries of the Nethravati river.

Malenadu Janapra Horata Vedike President Kishor Kumar, who had approached the National Green Tribunal against the project says that the effect of the rains on the project site is now visible to all.

However, the officials at the site are saying that has been no serious damage to the project. Landslides are a common occurrence in the monsoons and few of the pipes may have been submerged in the debris. But the project is far from over and adequate measures to avoid any damage, once the pipelines are laid have been planned, the official said adding that the project will be completed before the onset of 2019 monsoon.

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