Mekedatu Padayatra enters Bengaluru city 

Padayatra will culminate at National College grounds in Basavanagudi on March 3. Congress will hold a mega public rally on National college grounds despite BBMP refusing to grant permission to hold a public meeting citing Covid guidelines. 

Mekedatu Padayatra enters Bengaluru city 

Bengaluru: Mekedatu Padayatra of the Congress party urging the state government to implement the Mekedatu drinking water project has entered the third day on Tuesday. 

The Padayatra began from Poornima Convention Centre near Jnana Bharati Campus on Bengaluru's outskirts and enters at Jayadeva Junction on Tuesday evening. 

The Opposition Congress has decided to resume its ‘Namma Neeru, Namma Hakku’ (our water, our right) padayatra demanding implementation of the Mekedatu project from Ramanagaram on February 27.

The padayatra was suspended on the fifth day on January 13 owing to a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah and KPCC president D.K. Shivakumar said the padayatra would culminate at the National College Grounds in Basavanagudi on March 3. The State Budget for 2022-23 is expected to be tabled in the legislature on March 4.

Congress will hold a mega public rally on National college grounds despite BBMP refusing to grant permission to hold a public meeting citing Covid guidelines. 

The Congress leaders will resume their Padyatra from the Forum Mall. The Padayatra will be transformed into an open rally at National College Grounds after traversing major city streets tomorrow.

The foot march reached Bengaluru on Tuesday, and as soon as it arrived, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee President DK Shivakumar apologized to city residents for causing traffic congestion in portions of the city.

Bengaluru residents may suffer traffic snarls today and tomorrow. The project, on the other hand, would fix your drinking water problems for the next 50 years. "Our struggle is for the people of the state and the citizens of Bengaluru, so please extend your support to solve the city and state's drinking water problem and join us in the march," he urged.

Shivakumar responded to a question about booking cases against Congress leaders for breaking COVID guidelines during the Padyatra by the Ijoor police based on the complaint by the Tahsildar. Shivakumar stated that the BJP is attempting to prevent the Padayatra, but that the Congress party will not yield to such threats. 

BJP will implement the project: Bommai 

Chief Minister Bommai says only the BJP government can bring water from Mekedatu to Bengaluru

Mr. Bommai said that the residents of Bengaluru have faith that only on BJP government could bring water from the Mekedatu to Bengaluru. 

He was speaking to reporters after dedicating the newly built Atal Bihari Vajpayee Indoor Stadium in HSR layout. Bommai said provision has been made in the DPR for the Ettinahole project to bring 2 TMC of water to meet the drinking water needs of Bengaluru. It would end the drinking water problem in the northern parts of the city. 

"The Mekedatu project began in 1996, while I was the Minister of Irrigation. Not as a result of the current protest. Karnataka Power Corporation prepared the DPR for the Mekedatu power generating project in 1996. The Union government delayed it owing to ambiguities. The DPR now has a new dimension as a drinking water project "Bommai stated.

Those who later came to power did not pursue it. They squandered five years by doing nothing. They had the option of bringing the water to Bengaluru. During the coalition government, the DPR was created. It has now become a point of contention since the Tamil Nadu government has petitioned the court. "They took a basic project and turned it into a difficult problem, and now they're holding a protest." "Is this correct?" Bommai asked.

"How do they have a moral right to protest?" Bengaluru residents can see right through this. As a result, they are unconcerned about this demonstration. "The people believe that only a BJP government will be able to get the water from Mekedatu," added Bommai. "