Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Monday led an all-party delegation to meet Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar over reports that the Karnataka had been given a clearance for constructing the Kalasa Banduri project on the Mahadayi river.
Goa and Karnataka are locked in a dispute over the sharing of Mahadayi waters, and Kalasa Banduri project aims at providing drinking water to three north Karnataka districts by diverting water from the Mahadayi.
The delegation accused the Karnataka government of misrepresenting facts.
It delegation presented Javadekar a memorandum stating three wildlife sanctuaries in Goa would be directly impacted by the water diversion. They also stressed that any diversion means an immediate impact to “42 percent of the state’s total geographical base”. The sanctuaries mentioned are the Bhagwan Mahavir wildlife sanctuary, the Bhagwan Mahavir national park and Bundle wildlife sanctuary and the Dr Salim Ali bird sanctuary. The memorandum also said the diversion would have a massive impact on the “life and culture” of Goa.
“Factually, the water from Kalsa Banduri is proposed to be diverted into the Malaprabha project. The Malaprabha project is undisputedly as irrigation project. The said diverted water could be used in the Malaprabha Project for irrigation,” it states. – With PTI inputs