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Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy orders desilting of 527 tanks under Yettinahole Project

Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy today directed officials to take up desilting of 527 tanks in five districts that come under the purview of the Yettinahole Project, to increase its storage capacity.


PTI Last Updated at 06 Aug 2018, 19:08 IST India
Karnataka CM Kumaraswamy orders desilting of 527 tanks under Yettinahole Project

Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy today directed officials to take up desilting of 527 tanks in five districts that come under the purview of the Yettinahole Project, to increase its storage capacity.

He gave these directions to officials at a meeting convened to discuss the progress of the Yettinahole drinking water project, the Chief Ministers office said in a statement.

Stating that three land acquisition officers' posts have been sanctioned for the project, Kumaraswamyinstructed that they are appointed immediately.

He also directed the officers to work out the modalities of acquiring 5,000 acres of land in 21 villages and for distributing compensation.

The Yettinahole Project has been envisaged to draw excess water being drained by west flowing rivers into the Arabian Sea.

Noting that the excess water of Yettinahole river and its five tributaries would be lifted and then channelized through the gravitational pull and pumping method, officials said the districts of Hassan, Tumkur, Chikkaballapur, Kolar and Bengaluru Rural would stand to benefit by the project.

The project envisages providing drinking water to these districts and also aims at rejuvenating depleted groundwater levels there, they said, adding that tanks lying under these districts would be filled by the channelized water.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, WaterResources Minister D K Shivakumar said a "new thinking" is underway on land acquisition, whether it was the Yettinahole project, Upper Krishna Project or any other major irrigation project.

His ministry had sought suggestions from the public and experts on land acquisition, he said, adding some farmers had suggested a model where they would continue to hold the land rights when it is not submerged.

"There are suggestions.... in some places land will come under submerged area for about three or four months(rainy season). In the remaining nine months, we(farmers) will use the land, continuing our rights over it.

He said discussions have been held on how it can be done by giving farmers compensation (for the submerged period).

The minister said the government would find a solution to delays in land acquisition process after discussions and seeking opinions of stakeholders.

It would come out with a model to benefit farmers, the government and help complete speedy completion of projects, he said.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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