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Goa’s challenge on water diversion misleading, contradictory: M.B. Patil

Congress workers staging a protest against Goa Water Resources Minister Vinod Palienkar, in Bengaluru on Tuesday.

Congress workers staging a protest against Goa Water Resources Minister Vinod Palienkar, in Bengaluru on Tuesday.  

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‘In the past, water has been shared with Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra from Krishna basin by KWDT’

Terming the Goa government’s challenge of trans-basin diversion of Mahadayi waters into the Malaprabha reservoir as “misleading and contradictory”, Water Resources Minister M.B. Patil said that in the past, water has been shared with Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra from Krishna basin by the Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal (KWDT).

Speaking to The Hindu on Tuesday, a day after Goa filed a brief summary of arguments before the Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal in New Delhi, Mr. Patil said the KWDT has allocated 98.2 tmcft water to Koyna dam in Maharashtra for generation of power and 25 tmcft for the Telugu-Ganga project (under KWDT-II).

Goa filed summary through its senior counsel Atmaram N.S. Nadkarni before the MWDT in New Delhi challenging the proposed 12 projects by Karnataka in the Western Ghats, besides the trans-basin diversion of Mahadayi waters into the Malaprabha reservoir.

About 200 tmcft water is available in Mahadayi basin, according to the Central Water Commission report in 2003. Unfortunately, as Goa uses only around 10 tmcft, the remaining goes into the sea every year, Mr. Patil argued. “Goa’s opposition to share 7.56 tmcft with Karnataka is very unfortunate.” Karnataka would place its demand for seeking its share of 36.558 tmcft of water in the Mahadayi basin before the tribunal, he said.

In the letter written to BJP State president B.S. Yeddyurappa, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had agreed for talks on providing drinking water to drought-prone districts of Malaprabha basin. “Goa’s brief summary before the tribunal is completely contradictory to what Mr. Parrikar mentioned in the letter to Mr. Yeddyurappa,” Mr. Patil said.

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