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GFP writes to Karnataka CM, urges him to allow Joint Inspection of the Mahadayi project

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Panaji:   Goa Forward Party (GFP) has written to Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Sunday urging him to allow the joint inspection team to visit the dam project on River Mahadayi.

The media reports had claimed that joint inspection team comprising of Goa’s Water Resources Department Officers and Environmentalist Rajendra Kerkar, which had gone to inspect the proposed dam site in Karnataka, were refused entry by local police. The inspection was being conducted as a part of Supreme Court directives.

GFP President Vijai Sardesai in a letter to Karnataka CM has urged the neighbouring state and its police force to duly permit and not obstruct the due proceedings of the Joint Inspection Committee.

“We hope that your government and police force value and respect the orders of the Supreme Court as an action of prudence, and not a ruling on a piece of paper,” the letter reads.

Goa and Karnataka are in a dispute over sharing of river Mahadayi. Both the states have filed Special Leave Petition before the Apex Court over the matter.

“Mahadayi river is an important and historical element of state of Goa. The river ahs shaped our society, history,culture, economy and ecology. We will not remain silent observers in this issue,” the GFP has said in the letter to Karnataka CM.

“We will not permit any injustice or misdeeds over our beloved Mahadayi river,” the letter adds.

Sardesai has said that Goa expects “swift and prompt” response to the unfortunate incident of restricting the Joint Inspection Committee.

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