Kannadigas target Goa’s Kadamba for Mhadei waters

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 26 August 2015 17:45 IST

The stir for diversion of Mhadei (Mandovi) river to Karnataka finally started targeting Goa. The protesters burnt down a Kadamba bus early today morning in Dharwad.

The protestors belonging to all the political parties, along with Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, had given a call for Dharwad bandh today.

It was total.

Yesterday, farmers from Navalgund and Nargund talukas had ransacked government offices and blocked national highway 218 for the entire day.

They had also burnt down four buses and damaged 10 buses, belonging to Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation.

But today, they burnt down a Goa bus belonging to the Kadamba Transport Corporation.

The bus, GA-03-X-0332, was plying from Hubli to Dharwad, with no passengers inside. The KTC driver and conductor however are reported to be safe.

Karnataka violates, Modi refuses

A sporadic action was reported in Karnataka yesterday after the all-party delegation led by Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramiah to Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not get positive response to their demand on Monday, 24th August.

Karnataka government has constructed a canal at Kalsa-Banduri to divert Haltar rivulet of Mhadei River to Malprabha River in Kankumbi.

Karnataka presently plans to divert only 7.5 TMC water via Kalsa canal, but has more plans to divert rest of the water that may dry up the whole river Mandovi (Mhadei), the lifeline of Goa.

Karnataka government had started the illegal work in 2006 and had continued it despite Karnataka high court issuing orders to stop it, followed by Mhadei Water Tribunal issuing orders to build concrete bunds on the canal, so that no water is diverted.

Karnataka’s high power delegations had urged the PM to intervene, in order to provide water for irrigation purpose in drought-struck Dharwad district.

Modi however refused to intervene until all the three states – Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra – agree to sit together to resolve the issue amicably.

Goa’s Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar has rejected the proposal and wants the Tribunal to decide on the issue.

Stir to intensify?

The farmers, immediately on Tuesday, blocked Hubali-Solapur NH-218 from Hubli to Nargund for the whole day while also blocking Ankola-Gooty NH-63 between Hubli and Gadag till yesterday afternoon.

Today’s Dharwad bandh, called by KCCI, paralysed the whole city since morning.

All commercial establishments, banks and government offices remained closed while schools were declared a holiday by the state administration.

Reports reaching here indicate that farmers have decided to intensify the stir by continuing road blockades as well as relay hunger strike.

The stir is supported by all the parties as the high level all-party delegation to PM Modi included union chemicals and fertilisers minister Ananth Kumar, union law minister Sadanand Gowda, Lok Sabha opposition leader of Congress Mallikarjun Khadge etc.

Will river Mandovi dry up?

Mhadei originates in Karnataka, but flows more in Goa and is called river Mandovi once it crosses Sattari.

The life of seven talukas - Sattari, Bicholim, Ponda, Dharbandora, part of Sanguem, Bardez and Tiswadi is fully dependent on this river.

Goa covers 1580 sq kms of the catchment area of Mhadei basin while Karnataka covers only 375 sq kms.

It also includes 76 sq kms of catchment area in Maharashtra.

Karnataka plans to construct at least seven dams and three hydroelectric projects, by diverting the water to river Malprabha.


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India is a lawless society. Where is the tribunal? where are the courts? Why is Karnataka police sleeping? why are these issues not decided expediently by the competent authorities, the delay letting people and dirty politicians taking law into their hands and destroying public property. Karnataka and Maharashtra cannot be selfish and greedy and stop/divert the water causing water problems in Goa. I think the tribunal must step in, so should Goa Govt. No violence please!

- Rajeev Kamat, UAE | 26 th August 2015 18:31


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