Goa all-party team to meet Javadekar over Kalasa-Banduri proj Panaji, Oct 31 (PTI) Goa Chief Ministe

Goa all-party team to meet Javadekar over Kalasa-Banduri proj Panaji, Oct 31 (PTI) Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawantsaid on Thursday that an all-party delegation from the statewill meet Union minister Prakash Javadekar in Delhi onNovember 4 to seek withdrawal of the consent granted toKarnataka for the Kalasa-Banduri project over Mahadayi river.

The project involves diverting water from Mahadayiriver, the lifeline of Goa, into the Malaprabha river.

Union Minister for Ayush and North Goa MP ShripadNaik, Rajya Sabha MP Vinay Tendulkar, Goa's Minister for WaterResources Filip Neri Rodrigues along with the representativesof the Congress, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), GoaForward Party (GFP) and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) willbe part of the delegation.

Advocate General Devidas Pangam, Chief EngineerSandeep Nadkarni and members of Mhadei Bachao Abhiyan (MBA)Nirmala Sawant and Rajendra Kerkar will also be part of it.

Talking to PTI, the chief minister said the delegationwill meet Javadekar, Union Minister for Environment, Forestand Climate change (MOEF&CC), and demand immediate withdrawalof the consent granted to Kalasa-Banduri project.

According to Sawant, the delegation will stress theneed for visit to the project site along with therepresentatives of the respective states to inspect the areaand get first-hand information about Karnataka's acts 'whichare in violation of the court orders'.

'The delegation will also demand that no request fromKarnataka should be entertained till the matter is decided bythe Supreme Court,' he said.

Granting of approval by the Centre to the Kalasa-Banduri project triggered an outrage in Goa. PTI CORR RPSNP NP