Bedti-Varda river interlinking project
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Two environmental groups in Karnataka have criticised the Bedati and Varada river-linking project, calling it unscientific and a waste of public money.
The Bedati-Varda project was envisaged in the year 1992 for the supply of drinking water.
The plan aims to connect the Bedati, a west-flowing river towards the Arabian Sea, with the Varada, a tributary of the Tungabhadra River, which joins the Krishna River and drains into the Bay of Bengal.
A huge dam will be built at Hirewadti in Gadag district.
A second dam will be built on the Pattanahalla river at Menasagoda in Sirsi in Uttara Kannada district.
Both the dams will carry water through tunnels to Varada.
The water will reach Kengre and then flow down a 6.88 km tunnel to Hakkalumane, where it will join the Varada.
Thus, the project envisages carrying water from Sirsi-Yellapur region of Uttara Kannada district to arid regions of Raichur, Gadag and Koppal districts.
Project related issues
Difficulty in re-routing - Redirecting a west-flowing river to east-flowing is a difficult task.
Rivers dependent on rainwater – In early summer, the Bedati and Varda rivers start drying up.
Lack of proper project report
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