PANAJI: Goa Forward Party MLA Vijai Sardesai, who is also a member of the House Committee, had on Saturday, in a written request to the WRD Minister, demanded to immediately convene a House Committee meeting to get to the bottom of the issue.
Sardesai had said that Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s remarks on the Mhadei diversion were like a ‘bomb explosion’ on the state’s people.
Goa’s Environment Minister Nilesh Cabral on Monday condemned the statement of Union Home Minister Amit Shah over the Mhadei diversion issue.
The BJP government in Goa is under attack since the Central Water Commission has granted permission to the Detailed Project Report of Karnataka for the disputed Kalsa-Banduri dam.
The situation further heated up on Saturday after Amit Shah said that the Central government had resolved the dispute between both states.
“I condemn the statement made by Home Minister Amit Shah. First, when we met him (on January 11), this particular thing (resolving a dispute) was not discussed. We had requested that permission granted by CWC should be withdrawn. We never discussed giving our consent to DPR,” Cabral said.
During a rally in Belagavi on Saturday, Shah said: “Sonia Gandhi, during a speech in Goa in the year 2007, said that the Congress government will not allow Mhadei water diversion to Karnataka. In 2022, Congress, in their manifesto, stated that Karnataka would not get a single drop of water from Mhadei. Today, I am here to tell you that the BJP at the Centre has resolved the long dispute between Goa and Karnataka over Mhadei and allowed the diversion of Mhadei to Karnataka to satisfy the thirst of farmers of many districts.”