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New Netravati dam will be ready in 2 years; land losers will get compensation: Minister

Coastal Digest 2018-09-14 15:11:00

Mangaluru, Sept 14: The construction of the proposed barrage dam across River Netravati between Arekala and Adyar, about 5kms downstream Thumbe vented dam, can be completed within two years after the completion of tender process, according to minister for minor irrigation C S Puttaraju.

Puttaraju, who along with minister for urban development and housing U T Khader inspect the proposed dam construction site, told media persons that those who will lose their lands due to the dam will be provided suitable compensation.

Mr Khader said that the dam will be constructed under the Pashchima Vahini scheme at an estimated cost of Rs 174 crore. It will be a barrage cum road project, he said, adding that a 7 meter wide road will also be constructed atop the dam.

The dam is expected to meet the drinking water requirement of people of Ullal and surrounding areas in Mangaluru City constituency represented by Mr Khader.

A survey has already been conducted for the new dam and a rough estimate is ready. A detailed project report will be prepared and the process of floating tenders will begin after the proposal gets the cabinet approval. Later, the supply network and other related works will be planned based on the requirement, he said.

The two ministers also convened a meeting involving people's representatives from the coastal districts on the implementation of Paschimavahini Scheme at deputy commissioner's office.