M B Patil hits out at Goa CM for opposing Mahadayi diversion

Water Resources Minister M B Patil on Saturday criticised Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar for objecting to Karnataka's plans of diverting water from Mahadayi to Malaprabha basin.

In a statement, Patil condemned Parrikar's latest stand and expressed surprise that BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa was silent.

"Parrikar had stated that Goa was willing to discuss release of water to drought-prone regions for drinking purpose. Karnataka's Drought Prone Area Development Programme (DPAP) is located in the Malaprabha basin. But Parrikar is now changing his stand and has been quoted in media reports as saying that the water has to be used as per its flow only," Patil stated.

Parrikar recently said that Goa had submitted documentary evidence to the Mahadayi Water Dispute Tribunal to show the river basin had around 115 tmc water against the requirement of 145 tmc of all the three states.

"Karnataka has already pointed out that 200 tmc water is available, based on a 2003 report by the Central Water Commission. Moreover, Goa's current usage of the Mahadayi basin water is under 10 tmc and a huge amount of water is flowing into the sea. It is unfortunate that the Goa chief minister is calling it a deficit basin," Patil said.

He also cited instances of how water from the Krishna river delta had been diverted to serve various purposes.

'Will continue fight'

"It is regrettable that Goa is denying 7.56 tmc water which Karnataka wants for its drought-hit regions. However, Karnataka continues to efficiently fight for its rightful share of 36.558 tmc before the Tribunal," the minister stated.

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