Bengaluru Eyes Sharavathi Water to Meet Ever-Increasing Demand, Environmentalists Cry Foul

BENGALURU: Recent studies conducted by a state supervision and universe sourroundings bodies have warned that India’s IT and Start-up collateral might face critical H2O predicament in reduction than 10 years.

Alarmed by a reports, a state supervision is now eyeing H2O from Sharavathi River, that is 400km divided from a state capital.

According to a Bengaluru master plan, a sum race of a city is approaching to cranky 21 million by 2031 and a mega polis will face strident prerequisite of water. Currently, 2/3 of a need is met by Cauvery stream and a rest from groundwater.

Since there is a top on regulating Cauvery H2O for Bengaluru and a changing sleet settlement in a Cauvery district of Kodagu, a supervision is looking over Cauvery and looking during rivers in a executive partial of a Western Ghats.

The supervision is now eyeing a Sharavathi River in Shimoga district. Sharavathi flows by usually dual districts — Shimoga and Uttara Kannada — before fasten a Arabian Sea. Its sum length is usually 128km though it carries huge apportion of H2O during a monsoon and generates 25% of a state’s sum energy production. The sum area of Sharavathi dish is roughly 3,000 sq kms in Shimoga district.

The initial dam Hirebhaskara or Madenuru was built opposite Sharavathi in 1948 and a bigger dam to beget some-more power, Linganamakki, was built in 1965.

After a Linganamakki dam was completed, Jog Falls — a fifth top waterfalls in a universe — mislaid most of their beauty given a dam prevented a giveaway upsurge of H2O in a downstream of a river. Its stately beauty reappears usually during a monsoon these days.

The Thyagaraja cabinet had endorsed to a state supervision to get Sharavathi H2O to Bengaluru in 2014 and a stream JDS-Congress supervision is study a feasibility of such a plan.

According to emissary arch apportion G Parameshwara, who also binds a Bengaluru Development portfolio, a state supervision is scheming a minute plan news and will take a call usually after that. Speaking to News18, he pronounced removing Sharavathi H2O to Bengaluru was technically possible. He also pronounced Nethravathi or Ettina Hole water, that is approaching to moisten a lust of desiccated Chikkaballapura and Kolar districts, could also be used for Bengaluru.

Since Ettina Hole can gangling usually 2 tmc feet for a city, removing Sharavathi H2O to Bengaluru is a necessity, he claims.

But a government’s offer is confronting a lot of antithesis from a people who live on a banks of Sharavathi as good as environmentalists.

They disagree that a cost of pumping Sharavathi H2O to Bengaluru would be too high and a city contingency reinvigorate over 600 tiny and large lakes in and around Bengaluru to accommodate a ever-growing H2O needs.

The sum ability of Linganamakki dam is 151 tmc feet and a fountainhead has not reached a limit storage ability given 2014.

“The accessible H2O is not adequate even for energy generation. If they obstruct 30 tmc feet to Bengaluru, a energy era will be hit. It is a cheapest source of energy in Karnataka. The dam was a partial of initial Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s grand automation policy. It has over his dream by creation Karnataka a rarely industrialised state in India. The energy from Sharavathi has done Bengaluru what it is today. The Karnataka Power Corporation Limited or a KPCL is not in foster of this H2O to Bengaluru proposal,” pronounced a comparison central during a KPCL.

All turbines during a Sharavathi plan now beget over 1,600 Mega Watt power, that is approaching to strech 2,000 MW.

Since a Linganamakki dam was built usually for hydel energy generation, a H2O in a fountainhead should not be used for any other purpose, disagree locals.

The late Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF), AN Yellappa Reddy, pronounced removing Sharavathi H2O to Bengaluru was not a good idea.

Speaking to News18, he said, “We have already exploited a Western Ghats to a fullest. They can’t be exploited serve for a growth of Bengaluru. To accommodate a H2O demands, Bengaluru contingency recharge groundwater and reinvigorate over 600 tiny and large lakes in and around a city. The Sharavathi plan might take 15-20 years to finish and is not viable both economically and financially. We are opposite it”.

Some even lay that a large contractors’ run is behind a proposal. However, Parameshwara pronounced a plan was during a conceptualisation theatre and all aspects would be taken into critical care before going forward with it.

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