Karnataka bandh on January 25 over Mahadayi issue

Lester Mason
January 13, 2018

"Let Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar write a letter to Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah over the sharing of Mahadayi water for drinking water objective". While over 200 tmc ft of water go waste into the Arabian Sea, can anyone dispute our State's share, " he asked.Mr Patil said the latest statement of Mr Parrikar that Goa will fight the issue in Tribunal, after writing a letter to BJP Karnataka unit President B S Yeddyurappa that Goa was willing to share water for drinking goal, will not fit to the stature of a person who holds a high post as a Chief Minister of a State in the federal set up.He said the Tribunal had suggested early resolution into the three decade old water sharing problem with riparian Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra come to the table and resolve the issue. "In the Mahadayi river, 220 tmc water is available and the state has every right to utilise 45 tmc of water". A few weeks ago, Yeddyurappa had claimed that Goa CM Parrikar had expressed his willingness to release water from the Mahadayi for parched north Karnataka but the Goa BJP later dismissed such claims. We will not compromise on this issue.

After the protest, Goa CM Manohar Parrikar recently had agreed for talks with Karnataka regarding water sharing and said, "Yes, we can not deny water sought for drinking objective". ".all Kannada organisations will wave black flags against Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his rally on January 28, protesting against his non-intervention in the Mahadayi river water dispute", Nagaraj told PTI.

The Mahadayi River, which is called Mandovi in Goa, traverses 28.8 km in Karnataka, but the major length is in Goa (81.2 km), as per a The Hindu report.

The Kannada Film Industry has extended complete support on the serious water issue for the people of Northern Karnataka.

Earlier, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddarmaiah has called for a meeting with his Maharashtra and Goa counterparts Devendra Fadnavis and Manohar Parrikar respectively to arrive at a negotiated settlement over the issue.

The recent letter read out by former chief minister BS Yediyurappa of 7.5 TMC water from Goa to Karnataka.

The Kalasa-Banduri Nala diversion project is being undertaken by Karnataka to improve drinking water supply to the twin cities of Hubballi-Dharwad and the districts of Belagavi and Gadag.

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