Submitted by alvin on Tue, 2017-02-07 16:45 Bengaluru: In a surprise turn of events in the legal battle over the Yettinahole project, a petition filed before the NGT, questioning the granting of environment clearance to the project, was withdrawn by the petitioner on Wednesday. The petitioner, Somashekhar, who had questioned the granting of environmental clearance by the Centre, withdrew his petition stating that he had no opposition to the project. pollaroid-91 The news came as a huge relief to the state government. Reacting to the news, Water Resources minister MB Patil expressed confidence of overcoming all legal hurdles in the implementation of the Yettinahole drinking water project. "The petitioner seems to have withdrawn his petition fearing dismissal of his plea by the Tribunal,” said Patil. The minister said Yettinahole was purely a drinking water project envisaged to find a lasting solution to the perennial drinking water problem in Kolar, Chikkaballapur and other districts. Patil said the state government had already invested over Rs 1800 crore for the project. The NGT adjourned the proceedings to hear three other petitions submitted before it.