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Guv on Mahadayi: If government wants, I will help them

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Dona Paula:  Days after meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Mahadayi water dispute issue, Goa Governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday said that he would not like to comment anything further on the issue.

Goa and Karnataka are right now fighting over water of Mahadayi river.

Union Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar’s letter to Karnataka on Mahadayi exempting the neighbouring state from taking Environment Clearance for a project on the river had sparked controversy in Goa.

“On the issue of Mahadayi, whatever I had to do, I have done. Now it is for the government (state government) to do it,” he said talking to reporters on the sidelines of an event organised by CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography near here.

Governor said that if government asks for the help, he would do it or else “don’t want to talk about it.”

Malik said “Mahadayi has become a controversial issue, don’t ask me anything on it.”

Referring to his meeting with the Prime Minister earlier last month, Governor said “I had given pm note on Mahadayi after that whatever had to happen has happened, that’s all.”

“I don’t want to say anything more on it,” he said. When asked whether Goa government has spoken to him on the issue, Malik replied in negative.

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