Goa files arguments at Mahadayi tribunal


"I strongly condemn and demand an unconditional apology from Goa Forward Party leader and Goa Water Resources Minister Vinod Palyekar for his derogatory remarks and insulting Kannadigas", Yeddyurappa tweeted.

Goa, one of the three stakeholders in the nearly four decade-old Mahadayi river water sharing dispute, filed its arguments before the Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal on Monday, maintaining it could not share water with Karnataka due to diversions of river water violating court orders, and potential damage to marine ecology, environment and wildlife. Palyekar visited the spot in order to create a controversy.

The state has maintained status quo by building two retention walls, he said.

He also said the government is ready to assist Mhadei Bachao Abhiyan, if it approaches it, to file the interlocutory application before the Supreme Court.

"Goa minister Vinod Palyekar who visited Kanakumbi had alleged that we have started work on the Kalsa-Banduri canal project". "The so-called abusive words were misquoted and reported by Journalist without being present for press conference". Our Goa Govt's decision to protect its water remains unchanged.

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"We can never compromise on this issue, our people hardly get sufficient water, how can we give them (Karnataka)?"

The Karnataka Raskhana Vedike (Karave) activists and the state Working Committee of pro-Kannada organisations has urged the government to impose "economic" sanctions against Goa state.

It involves building barrages across Kalasa and Banduri, tributaries of Mahadayi River, to divert 7.56 tmc ft water to Malaprabha which meets drinking water needs of the region.

Patil also alleged Karnataka BJP President B S Yedyurappa and Parrikar were playing a drama scripted and directed by their party's national president Amit Shah "to gain political mileage" in state assembly elections due early this year.

Palyekar reiterated that the government will not compromise the interest of the state on vis-à-vis the Mhadei water dispute, adding that the affidavit as regards the interlocutory application is ready and it will be filed before the tribunal in next three days once it is signed by the Chief Secretary.