Goa delegation urges Amit Shah to withdraw nod to Karnataka DPR
Ramesh Tawadkar, Chairman of the Goa Assembly, Environment Minister Nilesh Cabral, Water Resources Minister Subhash Shirodkar, Forestry Minister Vishwajit Rane, Protocol Minister Mauvin Godinho (all BJP), Energy Minister Sudin Dhavalikar (MGP) and Independent MLA Chandrakant Shetye were part of this delegation.
Trade Union Minister for Tourism Shripad Naik and Rajya Sabha member Vinay Tendulkar also attended the occasion.
“The Delegation of the Goa Government at Mhadei today met with the Honorable Home Minister Shri Amit Shah Ji in New Delhi and urged the immediate establishment of the Mhadei Water Management Authority as stated in the award and also urged the withdrawal of the DPR, sanctioned by CWC,” Sawant tweeted.
Ever since the chief minister of Karnataka Basavaraj Bommai announced that the center has approved the much-disputed Kalasa-Bhanduri dam project in his state, the people of Goa have started venting their anger over the issue and public rallies have been held.
Several social activists, organizations and opposition parties have come under the banner of ‘Save Goa – Save Mhadei’ and will hold a public rally at Sanquelim in North Goa on January 16.
Goa and Karnataka are currently fighting a dispute over the Kalsa-Bhandura dam project across the Mhadei River at a central tribunal.
Mhadei originates in Karnataka and meets the Arabian Sea in Panaji. While in Karnataka the river traverses 28.8 km, in Goa it is 81.2 km long. Karnataka is planning to build dams on the river, aiming to divert the water to the water-poor Malaprabha Basin in the northern region.
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