The Ministry of Jal Shakti has requested the Nationwide Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee to take up the examine of salinity of river Mahadayi in view of the issues raised by the Goa authorities that Karnataka’s Kalasa Banduri River Diversion undertaking will adversely have an effect on the provision of recent water within the state
“Taking into consideration the issues raised by you concerning the difficulty of salinity in Mahadayi River, this Ministry has assigned Nationwide Institute of Hydrology. Roorkee to take up the examine of salinity of river Mahadayi and submit a report back to this Ministry,” Minister for Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, mentioned in a letter to Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant.
Sawant had written to Shekhawat in March expressing apprehensions about Karnataka’s plan to quick monitor the Mahadayi undertaking and had requested Shekhawat to not course of any permissions till the matter was lastly determined by the Supreme Courtroom the place it’s now pending.
“Karnataka might try to hunt your approval for such diversion outdoors the basin relying upon the Award of the Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal dated 14.08.2018 On this regard. We want to state that the Award dated 14.08.2018 is pending earlier than the Hon. Supreme Courtroom of India,” Sawant mentioned in his letter.
“Such proposal shouldn’t be thought-about in view of above-mentioned causes as the identical goes to have far reaching penalties on the State of Goa. In any case, if any proposal is submitted by Karnataka, we have to be given a replica of the identical and our objections must also be thought-about. Kamataka is more likely to submit the proposal which might not be even in consonance with the Award of the Tribunal,” Sawant additionally mentioned.
Shekhawat has, nevertheless, declined to particularly guarantee Goa that no permissions shall be processed.
“The Authorities of Karnataka has lately submitted feasibility report of Kalasa Nala Diversion Scheme and Bhandura Nala Diversion Scheme to Central Water Fee (CWC), and these are below appraisal as per the prevailing CWC tips and as per the instructions given within the Report cum determination of MWDT (Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal),” Shekhawat mentioned.
Quoting the Tribunal itself, Shekhawat mentioned that “the higher riparian States of Karnataka and Maharashtra, although do require requisite clearances and approvals, as required by legislation and from the Central Authorities, and the Planning Fee (Now Niti Aayog), however they don’t require any prior consent of the decrease riparian State of Goa.”
However he agreed to share Karnataka’s proposal with Goa since “any undertaking proposed within the river basin for which no tribunal award or inter State settlement exists, shall be circulated to the co-basin States by the Undertaking Authority Central Water Fee (CWC).”
Goa has opposed any diversion of waters of the River Mahadayi which originates within the Western Ghats in Karnataka takes a detour through Maharashtra and enters Goa because the Mandovi. The Mahadayiriver basin drains an space of two,032 sq.km., out of which an space of 375 sq.km. lies in Karnataka, 77 sq.km. in Maharashtra and relaxation in Goa.