Submitted by Editor on Sun, 2016-11-27 18:31 Bantwal: Paddy cultivation along the shore of Nethravati River after January will be banned and criminal cases will be registered against those violating the order, said DK Deputy Commissioner Dr Jagadeesha.Addressing media persons on Friday, the DC said the decision was being taken to supply drinking water to Mangaluru city that gets water from Thumbay vented dams."Owing to the acute shortage of drinking water in Mangaluru town during peak summer, 5-metre water level will be maintained in the new vented dam at Thumbay. The survey of lands likely to be submerged is nearly complete and compensation will be disbursed to the victims who stand to lose their lands," said Dr Jagadeesha.Meanwhile, farmers in Netravathi basin have started protesting against the decision.Ramesh, a farmer from Pajir, said, "If the government bans paddy, then how can we survive? Water is must for the crop. We condemn this step by the government."Another farmer Pushpvathi said, "Cattle depend on grass as well as paddy crop grass after the harvest. If there is no dry grass, then there is no food for cattle. The district administration failed to look for an alternative other than Nethravati," she lamented.A resident of Bantwal Rukmayya Poojary said that Mangaluru had grown leaps and bounds and there was a need to look for another source of water. "Banning cultivation in Nethravati basin is not the solution," he said.