Kankumbi dispute: K'taka 'violates' SC order on canal, Goa cries foul

Kankumbi dispute: K'taka 'violates' SC order on canal, Goa cries foul

"When I am ready to talk (referring to his letter to Yedurappa) everyone formed opinion that I am giving water". Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Siddaramaiah said that the abusive words used against the Kannada people are reprehensible. In recent years, the southern state has pegged its demand for Mahadayi water at 7.56 thousand million cubic feet (tmc ft) to meet the "drinking requirement" of farmers, mainly in North Karnataka.

"Reacting to the abuses hurled by a minister in the BJP-led government of Goa at people of Karnataka, Congress MLC Rizwan Arshad tweeted, "* Modi insulted Kannadigas saying there is no development in Karnataka!

The Tribunal is expected to hold a series of hearing from February 6 and Goa seems to be preparing to strengthen it case.

Earlier on Saturday, Goa Water Resource Minister Vinod Palienkar abused Kannadigas and called them "harami" (illegitimate-born).

Panaji: Goa's Water Resources Department Minister Vinod Palyekar on Saturday rushed to the site where Karnataka, according to the Goa government, is constructing a canal on a tributary of the Mahadeyi river.

He also said, that he had taken police personnel along with him for protection during his visit to site. "The photographs are clear". "They are harami people. I have spoken to the Chief MInister (Parrikar) and have given him the report".

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"We will bring it to the notice of the (supreme) court that such a thing (work on the canal) is happening as it was a court order (which has been violated)", Parrikar said. We will not let them succeed.

The Goa government had alleged on Friday that neighbouring Karnataka, disrespecting a Supreme Court order, had resumed work on a canal at Kankumbi.

"Mhadei (another spelling for Mahadayi) is our identity and we will not allow Karnataka to destroy our identity".

Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra are now involved in a dispute in the tribunal over controversial Kalsa-Bhandura dam project across Mahadayi river, through which Karnataka aims to divert water from the Mahadayi basin to nearby basin on the Malaprabha river.

Mahadayi, also known as the Mandovi river, is considered as a lifeline in the northern parts of the coastal state. The area in Karnataka is close to state's boundary with Goa.

The apex court had stopped the construction of Karnataka's canals and dams on the river.

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