FATORDA: With Karnataka restarting the massive Kalasa Bandura project, the Goa Forward Party (GFP) President Vijai Sardesai has accused Chief Minister Pramod Sawant of leaving the battlefield like a coward.
“Goa must respond; with Karnataka restarting their massive #KalasaBandura project, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, who claims Mhadei to be ‘more than a mother, has once again left the battlefield like a coward,’ said Sardesai.
He further asked the Chief Minister Stand up and defend Goa’s interest while stating that Goa is not Karnataka’s vassal state.
Sardesai had earlier escalated the face-off between the Goa government officials and Karnataka Police at the Kalasa-Banduri canal site by writing to the Chief Justice of India, SA Bobde, urging him to institute a probe into the matter.
After four years, Karnataka has again started moving to restart its ultra-ambitious Kalasa-Bandura project.
The process of soil mapping and other surveys in the radius of Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary is underway. The water has been diverted in the Malaprabha River since 2006 by Karnataka Neeravari Nigam Limited, a wholly owned company by the Government of Karnataka.
All three States have filed petitions in the Supreme Court, and the case has been undecided for the last four years.
Maharashtra and Karnataka are required to take licences from the Central Water Commission. Meanwhile, the Karnataka government has prepared a revised plan, and financial provision has been made.