Major disappointment to Karnataka in Mahadayi row again

Belagavi : The people of North-Karnataka, who were waiting for good news from the centre in Mahadayi water dispute issue get disappointed again, as the union environment, forest and climate change minister Prakash Javadekar has written a letter to the home minister Basavaraj Bommai misleading the people of Karnataka.

In a letter, Javadekar stated that Karnataka can start Kalasa-Banduri nala work after publishing of gazette notification of the orders of Mahadayi Water Dispute Tribunal and after availing necessary forest and wildlife permissions. Indeed, both works are pending with the centre itself.

Besides, although centre publishes gazette notification of the Tribunal order, it’s no use at present as already Karnataka and Goa both states have appealed in the supreme court on the Tribunal order. On the other hand, the centre has added another condition of availing permission from the wildlife department. Earlier, the centre had given permission of the environment and forest department but recently withdrew that permission following the pressure of Goa government. Now, added more confusion to the issue by asking to avail the permission of wildlife section. 

In a letter, Javadekar said the government of India has not kept in abeyance Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) notification 2006 and also has not kept in abeyance the rule which clarifies that drinking water projects do not require environment clearance. 

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