The Karnataka government today reiteratedits wish to resolve long standing Mahadayi river canal diversionscheme involving Goa and Maharashtra states, outside the courts andsaid this was the best way out to provide drinking water to parcheddistricts in this state.
Karnataka irrigation minister M B Patil told newsmen that an outof out-of-tribunal settlement of Mahadayi water dispute, was abetter proposition as the three states need not spend too much timeand money in the courts.
''What we are seeking is a tripriate meeting with Goa chiefminister Mr Manohar Parrikar. this is a driking water project toprovide to people in dry districts of Dharwad, Gadag and parts ofBelagavi and the intra-state river water sharing will not be apolitical issue,'' he said.
Mr Patil said the issue has been long drawn in the courts and thethree governments had spent much time, without resolve. ''This isbest time we solve the questions within ourselves outside thecourts,' he said
His comments come in the wake of Goa Water resource ministerexpressing a way out of an amicable settlement outside the tribunal.
Mr Patil said the Karnataka government was open to discuss anyissue over the Mahadayi issue and involve Maharashtra government, asthis was a drinking water project and needed early implementation
He said the Karnataka chief minister was ready to discuss theissue
Patil also said Siddaramaiah has already written letter to hiscounterpart in Goa on the issue, asking Chief Minister ManoharParrikar to come for talks to which Maharashtra Chief MinisterDevendra Fadanvis had also extended support.
Siddaramaiah has written to Parrikar asking him to agree to ajoint meeting with their Maharashtra counterpart in order to find an'out of court' and amicable resolution.
Mr Patil also said even the tribunal had suggestedout-of-the-court settlement and Karnataka government was open forsuch settlement in the interest of poor families semi-urbansettlements in the state who have been denied of regular supplydrinking water.
Goa and Karnataka are locked in a long-drawn dispute over thelatter's controversial Kalsa-Bhanduri dam projects across theMahadayi, which is known as Mandovi river once it enters Goa.
Karnataka plans to construct minor dams on the river, aimed atdiverting the waters from Khalsa and Bandori rubulets into itswater-starved Malaprabha basin in North Karnataka. Goa has beenopposing any plans of Karnataka to divert waters from one basin to another.UNI RS MSP ADB1750
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