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Saturday, July 30, 2005

Greens launch save 'Poornaiah canal' campaign


Mysore: - The Kukkarahalli Lake Protection Committee has expressed its anger for allowing some organisations and institutions to construct buildings across in Poornaiah canal which is the main stream of supplying water to Kukkarahalli lake.

Committee members and some senior citizens who assembled near the Poornaiah Canal beside All India Institute of Speech and Hearing Institute in city yesterday condemned the action of the State Government for 'selling' the canal.

They said that the Poornaiah Canal which was the main stream of supplying water to Kukkarahalli Lake had an area of about 25 kms earlier. But due to urbanisation and encroachments, the area had been reduced to three-and-half kilo-metres, they regretted.

They alleged that the State Government had granted permission to a religious institution to construct a building in the middle of a bridge near the Speech and Hearing Institute.

Due to this, there was no scope for rain water to flow and as a result of this water enters into the residential houses in Gangotri Layout during rainy season.

During the forthcoming rainy seasons, Mysore City may go the Mumbai-way, said Dr. Bhami V. Shenoy of Mysore Grahakara Parishat (MGP).

Committee Co-ordinator K.M. Jayaramaiah said that the Deputy Commissioner and MUDA Commissioner had been requested to take measures to save the canal but the officers have not taken any action, he said.

Most of the participants in the meeting urged the State Government to intervene to save Poornaiah canal which has heritage value.

Kannada Action Committee leader P. Mallesh said that a meeting of the prominent citizens environmentalists and intellectuals will be held on July 31 near Poornaiah canal to prevent construction work.

He also threatened to pull down the walls already constructed.

Dr. Bhami Shenoy announced that a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) would be filed in the court under the auspices of MGP.

Veteran journalist Krishnavattam, MATF members M. Lakshmana and others were present.

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