Mangaluru (TOI): Minister for forest, environment and ecology B Ramanath Rai said no political party can stop Yettinahole project at this stage.
He told reporters on Saturday that the project has been given clearance by the union ministry of environment and forest. It may be recalled that Union minister of state (independent charge) for environment, forest and climate Change Anil Madhav Dave on Friday had said that his ministry has not given clearance to cut trees in Western Ghats for Yettinahole project. Contradicting Dave's statement, Rai said Yettinahole is a drinking water project and it has received clearance from the Union ministry.
"Now it is not possible to stop the project. It was conveyed to those activists and political leaders, who oppose the project, at a meeting convened by chief minister Siddaramaiah in Bengaluru on December 26. The project was mooted when BJP was in power in the state. Let BJP leaders speak against the project in Kolar or let them make central government to stop it," Rai dared BJP leaders from coastal district who oppose the project.
"I am sure that BJP will not win Assembly election in 2018. Even if they get majority, they cannot stop Yettinahole project," said Rai, who is the district in-charge minister of Dakshina Kannada.
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