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Panaji: To clear the air about EC granted to Kalsa Banduri project on Mahadayi river, Goa government on Thursday sent a delegation to New Delhi to meet the officials of environment ministry.
Sources from chief minister’s office revealed that delegation comprising principal secretary B Krishnamurthy and others including state water resources department secretary has left for Delhi.
“They will clear air on the news about EC being granted by Union Environment ministry to Karnataka for Kalsa Banduri project on Mahadayi river,” the official said.
The delegation will meet officials of union environment ministry in New Delhi and report back to Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant.
Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) Prakash Javdekar on Wednesday took on tweeter to announce grant of EC for the project.
 “On the follow up o my cabinet colleague @JoshiPralhad (Union Mines Minister), Kalasa Banduri drinking water project in Karnataka has been granted environmental approval,” the minister tweeted.
Goa Chief minister Sawant had said that the state was in darkness over any of such development.
On August 14, 2018 the Mhadei Water Dispute tribunal (MWDT) which was hearing a dispute between Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra, for nearly two decades, over sharing of water from the Mhadei river, in its award had allotted 13.42 TMC (including 3.9 TMC for diversion into the depleted Malaprabha river basin) from the Mhadei river basin to Karnataka. Maharashtra has been allotted 1.33 TMC.
Both Goa and Karnataka have filed petitions in Supreme Court challenging the tribunal award.
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