Panaji, Nov 4 : An all party delegation led by Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant met Union Minister for Environment and Forest (MoEF) Prakash Javadekar in New Delhi on Monday and submitted a memorandum urging him to withdraw a letter given to Karnataka government allowing it to go ahead with Kalsa-Bandura water diversion project.
Dr Sawant was accompanied by Leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat, Goa Forward Party (GFP) President Vijai Sardesai, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLA Churchill Alemao and others.
Union Minister of State for Defence and AYUSH (Independent Charge) Shripad Naik was also present in the meeting. Later, Mr Naik tweeted,'Accompanied an all-party delegation led by CM Goa at Shastri Bhavan, Delhi and met Prakash Javdekarji, Hon'ble Union Minister for I&B and Environment & Forests and submitted memorandum regarding Mhadei issue."
However, Leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat said that Mr Javadekar claimed that he was ignorant of the matter and sought ten days time to clarify his stand.
'Citing ignorance MoEF @PrakashJavdekar seeks 10 days time to clarify on his clearance to Kalsa Bhanduri project, We once again reiterate, We will fight till our last breathe to protect our Lifeline Mhadei. Urged MoEF to withdraw consent as matter sub-judice. @INCGoa #MhadeiJagor,' he said in a tweet.
Recently, MoEF gave green nod to Kalsa-Bandura project which aims to divert water from the basin of river Mhadei to river Malaprabha. The Chief Minister has said that MoEF cannot take unilateral decision on the issue as the matter was sub-judice. Accusing illegalities in the diversion of water, the Goa Government has filed Special Leave Petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court.
The Chief Minister has also said that the Goa Government would also file an appeal before the National Green Tribunal (NGT). The opposition has alleged that move of the MoEF was aimed at assembly by-elections in Karnataka. (UNI)