Tillari water reached Goa after Pawar's intervention

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 02 January 2013 20:53 IST

Finally, the 22-day long impasse was over and Tillari water came to Goa today early morning.

The water was released last night after an amicable solution was reached on the Tillari blockade by Maharahtra farmers.

Villagers of eight Tilllari-affected villages had sat in the canal last month, taking advantage of the water supply being stopped for repairs.

Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar intervened and negotiated between the chief ministers of Goa and Maharashtra on Tuesday, to find an amicable solution.

Both the governments have agreed ‘in principle’ to meet demands of eight villages. The actual joint meeting however would take place between 8th to 10th January.

Eastern Pedne, few villages of Bicholim and Sanquelim farmers had faced a serious water crisis as Tillari-affected farmers from Maharashtra had blocked release of Tilalri water by sitting in the canal.

The water was stopped for around 40 days for the purpose of repairs. The farmers however had blocked the water for the last 22 days. They have been deprived of many assurances given to them 30 years ago.

The efforts made by Maharashtra chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, industries minister Malwan MLA Narayan Rane to intervene had not borne any fruits.

Even written assurance by Sawantwadi MLA Dipak Kesarkar was not agreed upon by the farmers.

Finally, Pawar drove down to Kondalkatta to talk to the agitating farmers.

He also spoke to Maharashtra chief minister Prithivraj Chavan and Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar as well as the concerned ministers of irrigation and resettlement of Maharashtra government.

Goa’s Congress leader Ramakant Khalap and Sawantwadi MLA Dipak Kesarkar accompanied him.

Both Goa and Maharashtra governments have agreed in principle to bear the financial burden of one-time settlement.

The actual joint meeting of both the government officials, earlier fixed for 18th January, would now be held somewhere between 8th to 10th January.

The in-principle agreement includes Goa sharing part of compensation to around 790 families of agitating farmers. 

Maharashtra government has agreed to meet other demands like providing houses to the houseless, providing roads, water and power to the reahabilitated farmers, resolve land issues of the affected people as well as providing status of panchayat to three reahabilitated villages.

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We need to congratulate Sharad Pawarji, our Union Agriculture Minister for resolving the issue.

The affected farmers need to be compensated properly.

With BJP ruling in Karnataka and Goa, this would be the most appropriate time to settle the Mhadei issue also.

Mr. Parrikar should request BJP central leaders to intercede in this matter and get the issue on diversion of Mhadei water settled once and for all because diversion of Mhadei water could lead to catastrophic consequences to Goa.

- Francisco G. Lourenco, London | 04 th January 2013 15:52


parrikar govt should learn something from sharad pawar on how to resolve public issues instead of doing the dramabazi which has become a trademark of this govt. now that sharad pawar has settled tillari issue parrikar should talk to bjp cm of karnataka to solve mhadai issue which is far more bigger than this. he is free to press karnatakas nose. If he doesnt do anything mandovi river will disappear by the end of this year.

- bhushan, panaji | 02 nd January 2013 22:37


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