Mahadayi row: states to wait for tribunal award

Mahadayi row: states to wait for tribunal award

The Karnataka government has raised certain issues regarding inter-state link proposals of Maharashtra - Godavari (Akinepalli)-Cauvery (Grand Anicut) link project, Kalasa-Banduri Nala diversion project and Dudhganga project.

The issues were raised on Monday at a regional conference here of western states on water resources, an initiative by Government of India to discuss the contentious issues among the five western states of Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.

“Water management is the top priority at Union government as well as state governments...river basins of different states need to be connected, so basin-specific states meet will also be held,” said Union Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation Arjun Ram Meghwal, who presided over the meeting.

The meeting among other things decided to abide by the awards of the tribunals and to take up any proposals by the states in accordance with them. It was decided to await the award of the tribunal regarding the issues raised by the states concerning Mahadayi basin, according to a press statement.

The meeting also agreed to work in collaboration with the Centre and the states for the development and management of water resources in the country in national interest.