“My mind is filled with work-related thoughts and if I ride my scooter while my mind is somewhere else, then I could meet with an accident,” the Goa Chief Minister said
The Mahadayi (called Mandovi in Goa) originates in Karnataka and flows to Goa and Maharashtra. The water sharing issue is politically sensitive one, especially in five north Karnataka districts.
“There were certain issues pertaining to Goa which I flagged with him (PM) and those (issues) will be raised with (Union) finance minister,” Manohar Parrikar said.
“The budget this time would be different in nature,” Manohar Parrikar said.
Parrikar said that as the river passes through three states, each of them have some right over its water
Before the project starts, a copy of the marine and riparian biodiversity management plan, validated by the State Biodiversity Board, needs to be submitted.
In his letter to BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa, Parrikar had written that Goa will not oppose “in principle” sharing water with Karnataka for drinking purpose.
“Santa Claus distributes gifts to bring smiles on the faces of children but our Parrikar, who is a “bad Santa Claus”, has instead snatched the future of our children by agreeing to divert the water of River Mahadeyi,” the letter states.
“He (Parrikar) has made a mockery of the Goan people who have high respect for his statesmanship. Parrikar should not forget that he is Goan first, and then a BJP leader,” Sena’s Goa spokesperson Rakhi Prabhudessai Naik said.
“We condemn Parrikar’s move to allow the water from River Mahadeyi to be diverted by Karnataka government. The move is clearly chalked out for the sake of winning upcoming elections (in Karnataka),” Sena’s Goa spokesman Rakhi Prabhudessai Naik said
Naik alleged that Karnataka is full of underutilized drinking water sources like the tributary of the river Malaprabha near Hubli which has a catchment area of 5048 square kilometres.
Parrikar’s letter, widely seen as a gambit to help BJP in Karnataka Assembly elections next year, has sparked a political row.
Among the apprehensions Goans have is the scale of navigational infrastructure modifications to the river depths and banks due the the MoU.
According to Manohar Parrikar, the steel manufacturing plants are not possible to be set up in Goa as the existing iron ore in the state is of low quality.
Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said this in the State Legislative Assembly while responding to a query by party colleague Carlose Almeida over the construction of a fishing jetty in Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) in Vasco town.