Herald: Goa won’t allow even a drop of Mhadei water to be diverted: Palyekar
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Goa won’t allow even a drop of Mhadei water to be diverted: Palyekar

01 Aug 2017 07:12am IST
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01 Aug 2017 07:12am IST

Says out of court settlement is not possible; State will utilise Mhadei water in the basin as it is deficient

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PANJIM: Water Resources Minister Vinod Palyekar categorically said he would not allow Karnataka to divert even a drop of water from the Mhadei Basin.

“Karnataka will not be able to divert even a drop of water from Mhadei. The case is in the final phase and out of court settlement is not possible,” Palyekar said replying to cut motions on demands for WRD and Fisheries Department.

Palyekar said Mhadei is the lifeline of Goa, and for the last 37 years Karnataka has been planning to divert its water. It has plans for 10 to 12 projects for diversion of water,” he said adding that Goa wants to utilise Mhadei water in the basin as it is deficient.

Speaking further, Palyekar said Karnataka started work on the Khalsa Nala in 2006 and hence Goa then had to approach the court. The Centre then appointed the tribunal which started functioning in 2013.

“Till now 77 hearings have taken place. We want to stop diversion at all cost. And Goa’s position at the Tribunal is very strong with Sr Counsel Atmaram Nadkarni and Advocate General  Dattaprasad Lawande doing a great job for the State,” he said.

The WRD Minister said, “Despite launching a scheme with subsidy there has been poor response and hence we have decided to move the TCP so that the Act itself can be amended to make water harvesting compulsory,” he said.

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