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K'taka govt should appeal against SC stay order on KC valley project: Cong leader

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Senior K H Tuesday urged the government to appeal against the stay order on the project by submitting a fresh report on the quality of treated water.

The apex court Monday had stayed the High Court order on the KC valley project under which the was allowed to pump secondary treated water from Bengaluru-based sewage treatment plants (STPs) to minor irrigation tanks in district for recharging the ground water table.

"We are surprised by the order. At least, five organisations have said the secondary treated water can be used for the farming purpose," Muniyappa, the from Lok Sabha constituency, told reporters.

The should appeal against the the stay order with a fresh report on the quality of the treated water and its impact, he said.

Expressing concern over the acute shortage of water for irrigation and drinking in Kolar, said the KC valley project can help farmers get water for their fields and livestock.

The had restrained the government from pumping secondary treated water from its sewage treatment plants (STPs) in Bengaluru into irrigation tanks in district for recharging the ground water table after taking note of a report claiming that the water was contaminated.

A bench of and Justice S K Kaul took note of the submission of that the high court "overlooked" a report which had pointed out that the water, to be pumped for recharging the ground water table, was contaminated and had contained "higher heavy metals, high nutrients, higher Biochemical Oxygen Demand and Chemical Oxygen Demand".

It also issued notices to the and other government bodies including Department of Minor Irrigation, and Board on the plea of R Anjaneya Reddy, a resident of Chikkaballapura in Karnataka.

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 17:30 IST