Mangaluru: The meeting on the controversial Yettinahole project held by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in Bengaluru on Monday left both activists and hydraulics experts unhappy as it began and ended with some political boxing between the ruling Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party and achieved nothing.
Mr S G Mayya, a former professor with the Department of Applied Mechanics and Hydraulics, National Institute of Technology Karnataka (NIT-K) who has done a study on the project , raised various issues at the meeting, but did not recieve clear answers.
“The private rain gauge reading was 6280mm rainfall, whereas in Maranahalli, near the catchment area of Yettinahole, the rain gauges of the government put the rainfall at 4880 mm.
Instead of using the five government owned rain gauges near the Yettinahole catchment, they are going by the measurement of a private gauge to calculate the availability of water. I wanted to know how such a huge project could be based on the calculations of a private gauge. There was no clear answer for this,” Mr Mayya said....