The Netravathi Rakshana Samyukta Samiti on Sunday urged the government to immediately set up Coastal Water Conservation Authority and draw up permanent drinking water and irrigation project plans for the coastal region.
Speaking to presspersons here, samiti member and former bureaucrat V.V. Bhat said the authority should have backup from the Legislature and consist of not only government representatives, but also experts in civil engineering, general public and representatives from local bodies of the region.
Through the authority, people in the coastal region should be able to claim their rights over rivers and other bodies that mee their various demands. While the government is making every effort to implement Yettinahole water diversion project, the Paschima Vahini project being promised by public representatives for coastal region is not even on papers, Mr. Bhat said.