Goa team here to check on Mahadayi

Udupi-Chikkamagaluru BJP MP Shobha Karandlaje addresses a press conference in Bengaluru on Thursday

Udupi-Chikkamagaluru BJP MP Shobha Karandlaje addresses a press conference in Bengaluru on Thursday

Goa Water Resources Minister Vinod Palyekar on Friday said the team has been sent after taking cognisance of reports that Karnataka has resumed work on a dam to block the Mahadeyi river water at Kankumbi village on the border.

In the wake of January 25 Karnataka Bandh called by Kannada activist Vatal Nagaraj on the Mahadayi water sharing issue, the noted producer and KFCC President Sa Ra Govindu appealed to the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi to intervene on the issue.

"I have left for Kankumbi with my officials to inspect the violations by Karnataka and take stock of the situation", Palyekar told PTI today.

Parrikar had last week said that his government would not allow the expansion of coal handling at Mormugao Port Trust (MPT).

It is high time the Prime Minister sort out the issue between Karnataka and Goa governments says Govindu in his appeal.

Patil said the latest statement of Parrikar that Goa will fight the issue in Tribunal, after writing a letter to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Karnataka unit President B S Yeddyurappa that Goa was willing to share water for drinking objective, will not fit to the stature of a person who holds a high post as a Chief Minister of a State in the federal set up.

Parrikar's letter had evoked strong criticism from Opposition ranks.

The letter created a controversy as it was addressed to the BJP leader instead to Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah who represents the state government.

The water-sharing issue is politically sensitive one, especially in five north Karnataka districts.