Task Force recommends Karnataka to drop Sharavathi Water Project
The cadre on the Western Ghats assigned by the Karnataka government has strongly decided to drop the plan to bring water from the Sharavathi river to meet Bengaluru’s drinking water needs.
The cadre led by S Chandrashekar provided its Satish Jarkiholi and demanded that no irrigation or other water projects should be taken up in the Western Ghats.
“There are various projects in the forests of the Western Ghats, including the ongoing one to divert the Yettinahole, a tributary of Netravati, to Hassan and Tumakuru, among other districts. More such projects will only have an adverse effect on the Ghats. There is pressure from existing hydroelectric projects, railway lines and electric lines as well. So, it would be appropriate not to take up any such projects, including the Sharavathi project,” the report said.