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'Goa to approach Centre on Mhadei water issue'

Goa will take an all party delegation to the centre on Mhadei water dispute issue, Goa Chief Minister Digamber Kamat said.

india Updated: Dec 31, 2008 14:11 IST

Goa will take an all party delegation to the centre on Mhadei water dispute issue, Goa Chief Minister Digamber Kamat said.

Goa will address its grievances against Karnataka to the Prime Minister and Water resource ministry, Kamat told reporters after the cabinet meeting last evening.

Goa and Karnataka are in bitter dispute over Mhadei river diversion. The Karnataka plans to built a dam on the river to divert Mhadei's water to its Malaprabha basin, which is having a water deficit, he said.

The water dispute is currently being heard in the Supreme Court, which has issued status quo on the dam work.

Goa's NGO Mhadei Bachao Abhiyaan had recently cited that Karnataka had violated apex court's directives and continued work on its Kalsa tributory.

However, Goa government stands united against the diversion, Kamat said adding even the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party have agreed to be the part of delegation.

Meanwhile, the state cabinet last evening cleared several one time settlement schemes to industries.

This aims at decreasing number of defaulters for various government schemes, he said.

The Electricity, Public Works and the Sales Tax departments have been directed to come up with several people friendly schemes, the CM added.