Karnataka

State govt. to move tribunal on Mahadayi water diversion

While farmers have welcomed the government’s decision, they have decided not to withdraw protest till the interim award is granted.— file photo

While farmers have welcomed the government’s decision, they have decided not to withdraw protest till the interim award is granted.— file photo  

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Final call will be taken on September 12, says M.B. Patil

The government will file an application before the Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal seeking interim award on sharing of river water between Karnataka and Goa, said Minister for Water Resources M.B. Patil.

Speaking to presspersons here on Monday, he said the government was holding talks with the State Legal Committee, comprising senior counsel Fali S. Nariman, and a final call would be taken on September 12.

In its interim application, the State government would appeal for awarding 7.56 tmcft of water to meet the drinking water demands in Gadag, Dharwad, Belagavi and Bagalkot districts; 7 tmcft of water for agricultural activities, and 1.56 tmcft for Khanapur taluk in Belagavi district.

The government has decided to file the interim award considering the severe drought in most districts of north Karnataka, Mr. Patil said and expressed confidence that the tribunal would act on the application immediately and issue award favouring Karnataka. He appealed to the farmers to withdraw their ongoing agitation as the State government was trying all means to expedite the long-pending Kalasa-Banduri project work.

Farmers and various organisations have welcomed the government’s decision, but stated that they will not withdraw their protest till the award is granted.



The State will

appeal for 7.56 tmcft of water to meet drinking water

needs in Gadag, Dharwad, Belagavi and Bagalkot districts



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