Karnataka approves Rs 455cr for KC valley project

11 June 2019

The controversial Koramangala-Challaghatta valley project of pumping treated sewage water from Bengaluru to fill up lakes in Kolar and Chikkaballapur districts will be scaled up as the Karnataka cabinet has approved Rs 455 crore for its second phase.

KC valley project

In the first phase, being implemented at a cost of Rs 1,270 crore, about 20 lakes have been filled up, so far, and all the targeted 126 lakes will be covered by the end of this year, Rural Development and Panchayat Raj (RDPR) Minister Krishna Byre Gowda said while briefing reporters.

“In the second phase, it is estimated that another 200-250 lakes will get filled up,” Gowda said. “This project is meant to improve water table and not for irrigation or drinking water,” he said.

The project faced resistance from environmentalists. In July 2018, soon after the project started, the piped water turned black and churned out white froth.

Early this year, the Supreme Court stayed the project after petitioners argued that the water was contaminated with heavy metals and high nutrients. The stay was vacated in April.

Gowda, however, defended the decision. “People have already welcomed this project. When we speak with farmers, they tell us about the benefits. Eucalyptus farmers, for example, have now switched to horticulture crops, which shows that groundwater levels have improved,” he said. “But we have asked officials to scientifically assess how the project has helped.”

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