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Gurupura dam will be as per CRZ norms: Palemar

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40 per cent of construction completed, says engineer



FOR FIRST HAND INFORMATION:J. Krishna Palemar, Minister for Ports and Fisheries, and Abhaya Chandra Jain, MLA of Moodbiri, inspecting the Malavooru vented dam near Bajpe in Mangalore on Tuesday.

MANGALORE: The construction of the vented dam across the Palguni (Gurupura) river will be done in conformity with the Coastal Regulatory Zone guidelines. It will not cause any harm to the river, said Minister for Ports, Ecology and Environment J. Krishna Palemar.

The Minister, who is in-charge of Dakshina Kannada district, visited the project site at Malavoor on Tuesday.

Asked about the status of the project as it was yet to be cleared by the Karnataka State Coastal Zone Management Authority, Mr. Palemar said the authority would grant permission since it was a drinking water project.

The vented dam was being built to meet the drinking water requirements of 17 villages, including Bajpe and Moodushedde. The construction started in February after Rs. 28 crore had been sanctioned for the project. The State government had planned to complete the work by January 2012.

Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat Engineering Division's Executive Engineer, S.L. Satyanarayana, said they had submitted details about the project to the authority.

“The authority sought details such as the plan and drawing related to the project and we have provided it.

“We are hoping for the clearance,” Mr. Satyanarayana said.

As much as 40 per cent of the construction work had been completed so far, he added.

The Coastal Regulation Zone Notification issued in January mentions that the development activities on the tidal-influenced water bodies such as bays, estuaries, rivers, and creeks could be regulated till the distance where the tidal effects were felt.

It prevented activities that disturbed the natural course of the sea water except activities such as laying structures for prevention of salinity ingress and freshwater recharge based on or carried out by any agency to be specified by Ministry of Environment and Forests.

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