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Centre, state urged to resolve Mahadayi river water dispute

Senior Congress leader Janardhan Poojary wanted Prime Minister Narendra Modi to convene a meeting of Chief Ministers of the three states involved in the dispute.

By: PTI | Mangaluru |
August 13, 2016 8:15:23 pm
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Senior Congress leader Janardhan Poojary  on Saturday urged the state and Union governments to find an immediate solution to the Mahadayi (Mandovi) water dispute involving the states of Goa, Karnataka and  Maharashtra.

Addressing reporters here, he alleged that the state government had failed in its duty to provide water to parched districts in Karnataka.

He wanted Prime Minister Narendra Modi to convene a meeting of Chief Ministers of the three states involved in the dispute.

The Prime Minister could settle the issue in a minute if he showed the will, he said, adding that access to drinking  water was a fundamental right of the people.

Earlier Prime  Ministers Indira Gandhi, Lal Bahadur Shastri and Morarji Desai had called meetings of Chief Ministers to discuss the issue,  he said.

Poojary asked all MPs from the state to resign to  pressurise the Union government to initiate steps to find a  solution to the long-pending issue.

The Mahadayi (Mandovi) river is described as the   lifeline of Goa. The river has a length of 77 km, 29 km in  Karnataka and 52 km in Goa.

It originates from a cluster of 30  springs in the Western Ghats of Karnataka.

The river has a  2,032 km catchment area in Karnataka and a 1,580 km catchment  area in Goa.

A few parts of Maharashtra also fall under the  Mahadayi catchment area.

The issue is now pending before the Mahadayi Water  Tribunal which was set up by the Union government in 2010.

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