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Karnataka leaders ask Goa to release drinking water from Mahadayi

Panaji: Bharatiya Janata Party leaders form Karnataka have urged Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar to allow water for drinking purpose for Karnataka from the Mahadayi river.

This request was made at a meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday held at the residence of BJP president Amit Shah. Among those present, apart from Mr. Parrikar, were former Karnataka Chief Minister Yeddiyurappa; Union Minister for Chemicals and Fertilisers, Ananth Kumar; Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar; and Karnataka MP Prahlad Joshi.

Mr. Parrikar told The Hindu that the Karnataka leaders submitted a petition with their request to allow release of Mahadayi water for drinking water purpose.

“I listened to them and told them that our response will be sent to them in writing. No formula has been discussed or given. Everything will be done and communicated in writing,” Mr. Parrikar said.

The long-simmering river water dispute between Goa and Karnataka has been with the Mahadayi Water Dispute Tribunal over the latter’s controversial Kalsa-Bhandura dam projects across the Mahadayi, which is known as the Mandovi river once it enters Goa. Considered the lifeline of Goa, it originates in Karnataka and meets the Arabian Sea in Panaji.

While the river traverses 28.8 km in Karnataka, its major length of 81.2 km is in Goa. Karnataka’s plans to construct seven dams on the river, aimed at diverting the waters into its water-starved Malaprabha basin in North Karnataka have been challenged by Goa in an inter-State Tribunal.

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