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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Will write to Centre over K’taka threatening calls on Mhadei: CM

SAKHALI: Taking serious note of the threatening calls received from Karnataka by Goa’s water resource department officials and legal officers’ team associated with the Mhadei river water issue, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar has said that the Centre will be informed about it.
Goa government has already written letters to the Karnataka chief secretary and police chief over the issue. “We will also write a letter to the central government and the Home Minister will be informed about the threatening calls,” said Parsekar.
Meanwhile, Environment Minister Rajendra Arlekar has condemned the act of the neighbouring state. “With the Mhadei river water dispute presently being heard by the Mhadei River Water Dispute Tribunal, we must wait till the final verdict is given. The attitude adopted by Karnataka is wrong; they must follow the legal steps and wait for the decision,” said Arlekar.
To get a higher share of water from the Mhadei basin, Karnataka had projected the requirement of water at the Malaprabha basin as 47.255 TMC (thousand million cubic feet), while showing the actual yield at 27 TMC. On Saturday, on interrogatories from Goa, Karnataka admitted that the requirement was overestimated. Advocate General Atmaram Nadkarni on Sunday said that the neighbouring state is using the same claim to divert water from the Mhadei basin claiming shortage in the Malaprabha reservoir. He said that this exposure will completely nail the Karnataka government and expose it as a pioneer of falsehood. He said that the Goa government will file its reply on Monday.
The state of Maharashtra in its response to the Mhadei Water Dispute Tribunal lent support to Karnataka’s claim for diversion of 7 TMC from the Mhadei basin. In an affidavit filed before the tribunal, Maharashtra sided with Karnataka in providing interim relief by diverting 7 TMC of water from the Mhadei water basin into the Malaprabha basin. Goa has strongly objected to the act of Maharashtra. In its claim of water from the basin, Karnataka has said the request for 7 TMC is to fulfil drinking water needs of the areas of Hubli and Dharwad. Maharashtra, in its list of reliefs sought, has asked for allocation of 6.36 TMC including distribution of power generated from the Kali Hydro Power Project in the state.

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