PANAJI: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has said that the state govt will request PM Narendra Modi to withdraw the approval given to the Karnataka govt by the Centre for the modified detailed project report (DPR) of the Kalasa-Bhandura (canal) drinking water project.
“State govt will request PM Narendra Modi to withdraw the approval given to Karnataka govt by the Centre for the modified detailed project report (DPR) of the Kalasa-Bhandura (canal) drinking water project,” said CM Sawant.
He further said that he, along with WRD Minister, will meet Home Minister Amit Shah and Union Min for Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat to brief the issue of Mhadei.
“The state will press for the formation of authority which will help Goa to check illegalities of Karnataka govt at Mhadei Basin,” he added.
Sawant said that he would request the central govt to revert permission given to the Karnataka government.
The Chief Minister said Karnataka, under the WildLife Protection Act 1972, cannot divert water from the Mhadei River despite DPR approval.
“No water from Kalasa rivulet can be diverted in any manner,” he stated.
CM said that he would demand and request the central government to immediately constitute the Mahadayi Water Management Authority which would ensure that no water from Kalasa rivulet is diverted illegally.
WRD Minister Subhash Shirodkar, during a press conference, condemned the action of the Central Water Commission’s decision to approve the DPR of Karnataka.
Shirodkar also said that the state government will move to Court against this decision and that Goa’s case is strong, and that state will surely win this battle.
“We will also request the Prime Minister for his intervention. We will seek the appointment of PM Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah,” he added.
Shirodkar said that the decision granted is one-sided.
“Our matter is presently in the Supreme Court,” he added.