PANAJI: Advocate General Devidas Pangam said that Karnataka’s reply to the show cause notice issued by the Goa Chief Wild Life Warden does not speak anything about the violation of Section 29 of the Wild Life Protection Act.
“Karnataka’s reply to the show cause notice issued by the Goa Chief Wild Life Warden does not speak anything about violation of Section 29 of the Wild Life Protection Act,” said Pangam.
He further said that they have not answered anything under Section 29 and that their reply is very vague.
“Supreme Court order in a positive sign for Goa as Supreme Court has also taken cognizance of the fact that proceedings are on with the Chief Wildlife,” he added.
Pangam said that as per section 29 of the Wildlife Protection Act, water in the wildlife sanctuary cannot be diverted, and we will fight the legal battle in Supreme Court and oppose Forest Clearance, Wild Life Clearance etc., for the projects.
Goa’s Chief Wildlife Warden had on January 9 issued a notice under the Wild Life Protection Act, 1972, directing the Managing Director of Karnataka Neeravari Nigam Ltd, Bengaluru, to stop any activity of diverting/stopping/reducing the flow of the Kalasa Rivulet (nallah) and Bandura Rivulet (nallah) including the construction of any dam, Gandhara, canal or any other structure, project.
Meanwhile, Karnataka informed REC that the Kalasa and Bhanduri are two separate schemes, formulated and approved separately. The Central Water Commission (CWC) has cleared both Kalasa and Bhanduri.