Will expose Goa before tribunal, Supreme Court, says M B Patil

Will expose Goa before tribunal, Supreme Court, says M B Patil

Canal works were stopped after objections were raised: Minister

Will expose Goa before tribunal, Supreme Court, says M B Patil

Water Resources Minister M B Patil said the state government would expose Goa in the Supreme Court and before the Mahadayi River Dispute Tribunal, apprising them that the charges of works being in progress were false.

Patil visited the project site at Kankumbi village on Monday. The state has stopped the works after giving an undertaking before the court and the tribunal in August last. Experts would be requested to conduct tests of the concrete at the project site, he said.

The minister demanded that Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar apologise to the people of Karnataka regarding the abusive comment made by his cabinet colleague, Water Resources Minister Vinod Palyekar, that Kannadigas were 'haraami'. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will also write to his counterpart in this regard, the minister said.

The state neither has a dam nor the vents connecting the interconnecting canal. Presently, water seen in the canal has been flowing towards Goa due to gravity. Allegations made by Palyekar were unfounded and not based on facts, Patil said.

He said the state was ready to face contempt proceedings in the apex court if they were filed by Goa and would expose the neighbouring state.

Patil said Mahadayi was a surplus basin as per the report by the Central Water Commission. Of the 200 tmc ft, more than 192 tmc ft flows to the sea and Goa uses about 7 to 8 tmc ft. The state wants to divert 7.56 tmc ft from the Kalasa-Banduri canals.

Works had been undertaken in the non-forest areas for the interconnecting canal for which there was neither objection nor stay, but after Goa raised objections, works have been stopped.

BJP national president Amit Shah was the main architect of the present controversy regarding the project, Patil said. Parrikar and BJP state president B S Yeddyurappa raked up the issue during the Parivartana Yatra for political gains, but it backfired on them, the minister said.