On Monday the work on the Sewage treatment plant at Halga was commenced under police protection.
The Farmers present there protested this act of the Corporation and administration and said they have just sown the land and getting earth movers to level the land is very unwarranted.
In April 2018, the KUWSDB called a meeting of municipal administration minister Ramesh Jarkiholi with the farmers to convince them to give up their agricultural land. But the farmers refused. The STP was first proposed on a plot of government-owned barren land in Alarwad village by the Belagavi City Corporation (BCC) in 1985 to treat sewage water generated in Belagavi city.
The BCC even completed the laying of underground drainage lines. But the Pollution Control Board objected, stating that the plant was too close to residential areas and public places.
In 2017 the court rejected the farmer’s plea but due to protests work hasn’t been started.
Belagavi City Corporation (BCC) has planned to set-up an STP on 17 acres and 30 guntas of land at Halaga village, close to Suvarna Vidhana Soudha (SVS).