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GOA WINS BATTLE TO SAVE MOTHER MHADEI

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1. Karnataka’s claims DAMMED by Mhadei tribunal.

2. Karnataka Allotted mere 5.5 TMC of water, Maharashtra’s demands rejected too

3. Tale of rejections as follows:

REJECTED #Karnataka’s demand for diversion of 5.527tmc of Mhadei water to Supa reservoir for hydro power generation at Kali basin

REJECTED #Karnataka’s demand of diversion of 7 tmc of water from #Kotni reservoir of Mhadei Hydro Electric Power project

REJECTED . Diversion outside basin of Tillari dam, demanded by Maharashtra rejected. Out of #Maharsahtra’s demand of 7 TMC of water , its been allotted only 1.33 TMC for in basin use

 

 

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GOA: Karnataka has been ‘dammed. The Mhadei Water Disputes Tribunal in a stunning verdict in Goa’s favour has allotted Karnataka a mere one seventh of its demand for Mhadei water including diversion of water from outside the basin

In a detailed award running into 2711 pages, totally comprising of 12 volumes the state of Karnataka has been allocated only 5.5 TMC of water which also includes 1.5 TMC of water for in basin consumptive use for which the State of Goa did not have any objection. The Total diversion allowed to the State of Karnataka is only 3.9 TMC of water. The total claim of Karnataka was 35 TMC, which includes about 20.13 TMC of diversion of water outside the basin.

Moreover, Karnataka has not been allocated any water for consumptive use.

The over a decade long battle fought spiritedly by Goa after the Congress ruled government, especially the one headed by Pratap Singh Rane, had almost surrendered Goa’s rights, has its origins in Karnataka s proposal of 12 projects along the Mhadei which would severely divert and lessen the quantum of yield of the Mhadei water in Goa

Goa has described Congress-ruled Karnataka’s contentions as a “bogey of completely incorrect statements”. Goa, in its submission to the Mahadayi Water Dispute Tribunal, has opposed 12 projects proposed by Karnataka in the Western Ghats, saying that Karnataka’s demand for water is not for drinking but actually for irrigating its sugarcane crop areas.

Goa also managed to prove that sugarcane cultivation had gone up in the region and water was also being diverted to soft drink factories in the belt

In today’s order, even the minimal diversion is also not an absolute relief. the Order of injunction passed by the tribunal dated 17.04.2014 while disposing I.A No. 1 of 2012 filed by the State of Goa will continue to be operative.

Significantly, some of the most crucial demands of Karnataka and Maharashtra have been rejected by the Tribunal

Karnataka’s demand for diversion of 5.527tmc of Mhadei water to Supa reservoir, of the Kali Hydro-Electric Power Project for hydro power generation at Kali basin was found to be unjustified and the Tribunal rejected the same.

Karnataka’s demand of diversion of 7 tmc of water from Kotni reservoir of Mhadei Hydro Electric Power project has also not been found to be justified by the Tribunal and came to be rejected.

The stateof Maharashtra too faced rejections. Diversion of water outside the basin of Tillari dam, demanded by Maharashtra was rejected. Out of Maharsahtra’s demand of 7 TMC of water , its been allotted only 1.33 TMC for in basin use. Maharashtra’s contention that 10 TMC of the Tillari project should also be included in the yield of the Mahadayi basin, has also been rejected.

Meanwhile, Karnataka has been asked to prepare a revised DPR for consumptive uses within the basin and / or diversion of water outside the basin including the reservoir losses etc. for not more than 1.72 tmc at the proposed Kalasa dam site. The revised DPR of Diversion Scheme at Kalasa Dam site has to be appraised by the Central Agencies and is duly cleared;

WHERE GOA HELD ITS GROUND

12 projects proposed by Karnataka, and eight by Maharashtra, would affect the “basic minimum drinking water requirement” of Goa

Karnataka and Maharashtra do not “have any right, authority or power to divert the waters of River Mahadayi outside the River Basin, without the concurrence of State of Goa”.

Ultimately the bottomline of Goa’s battle to determine the true and correct principles applicable for equitable use of waters from the Mahadayi river basin has been upheld and herein lies its victory.

 

 

Mhadei Water dispute: Simply explained

-The Mhadei river stretches 111-kmacross Karnataka Goa and Maharashtra. Over two-thirds of the river’s stretch lies in Goa (76km).

-Karnataka wants to construct a number of dams to route the Mhadei water to the Malaprabha basin. Karnataka claimed channelizing Mhadei water into the basin of Malaprabha would give sufficient water for  districts of Bagalkot, Gadag, Dharwad and Belagavi.

-Goa insisted on a neutral and fair solution to the dispute and demanded the constitution of the water disputes tribunal. The state also moved the apex court in 2006 with its demand. After sustained efforts by the Goan government, the Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal was set up on November 16, 2010.

-Goa contended that its population was dependent on the river’s natural path and any move to divert it would affect its fragile ecosystem. Ingress of saltwater in the river will destroy the state’s mangroves.

-Karnataka claimed that the surplus water from Mhadei drains into the sea and that it should be diverted into the deficit basin in Malaprabha to meet the state’s drinking, irrigation, agriculture and power generation needs.

-Supreme Court stayed the construction of dams and canals by Karnataka on the Mhadei. Karnataka claimed it required 7.56 thousand million cubic feet (tmc ft) of water from Mahadayi to meet the requirement of farmers of North Karnataka.

 

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Everyone in the Goa BJP will go home except Rajya Sabha member Vinay Tendulkar- Parsekar

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Not a single BJP karyakarta will support Sopte in Mandrem; the BJP is losing support of the bhandaris and Marathas too, says former CM Lakshmikant Parsekar

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Mandrem: In a tone tinged with emotion and hurt former Goa Chief Minister, and a senior member of the BJP’s core committee said that if the party continues in this manner, then “everyone (all MLAs) will have to go home”. He sarcastically said that the only one who will be present in a legislative space would be BJP state president Vinay Tendulkar, who has been elected to the Rajya Sabha for 6 years.

Commenting on the larger issues plaguing the party, the former Chief Minister remarked that important sections of the population like the OBCs including the bhandaris and marathas are moving away from the BJP. The support base is shrinking. There is no doubt. If things go on in this manner, then everyone will go home, except Vinay Tendulkar” ( elected to the Rajya Sabha)

It is clear that it’s a no holds barred battle between a section of the veteran leadership in the BJP and party president Vinay Tendulkar. Speaking toThe Goa Spotlight,  Mr Parsekar said “Earlier Vinay used to say that he would consult ‘bhai’ before taking any decision. Now ‘bhai’ is not accessible and hence Vinay thinks he can take any decision that he wants”

Meanwhile the by-elections to the Mandrem constituency is due, after Congress MLA Dayanand Sopte resigned to join the BJP and will be the BJP candidate in Mandrem and Parsekar is clear that the local BJP unit will not be supporting him “Sopte said 80% of the BJP’s karyakartas are with him. He is lying. Zero percent are with him. There is not a single BJP worker who is with Sopte”. Elaborating further, he said that the party may have taken a decision to reduce the strength of the Congress and hence get Sopte to resign but they should have consulted local workers and leaders ( like him) before deciding to field him from Mandrem. “Sopte may have been lured to join the BJP but the party should have understood the ground reality of fielding him from Mandrem”, Parsekar quipped

Parsekar’s remarks assume political significance for three reasons a) It confirms that Sopte will not be able to hit the political ground in Mandrem, running and will face opposition not just from the Congress but the local BJP organization. b) Lakshmikant Parsekar is holding his own political cards to his chest and the possibility of him contesting as an independent after resigning from the party, with the support of local BJP workers, cannot be ruled out and c) Parsekar’s vociferous reaction may spark off a chain reaction among senior BJP leaders who will take on the Parrikar and Tendulkar led party leadership, with Francis D Souza already stating that he may be raided for speaking against the party.

Clearly in an attempt to shore up the party’s numbers in the Assembly, both Vinay Tendulkar and Parrikar,  either by design or bad politics, may have caused far reaching damage to the party, the results of which will be clear, in the next round of elections.

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‘Toilet’ is not a ‘prem katha’ in Goa

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Goa is one of India’s worst states in achieving the Open Defecation Free promise

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GOA: As the deadline of December 19, 2018 is fast approaching, Goa has to achieve a milestone to rank on the national chart of being free from Open Defecation (ODF). The coastal State, having the lowest population of only 15 lakhs, tops the embarrassing chart of having the lowest ODF coverage in India. With total coverage of only 5.87 percent, the State is the only one in the country where the success rate is less than 10 percent.

 

What is humiliating is that States like Bihar, Odisha and Tripura are above Goa, where not a single village has been declared as total verified ODF. After being on top of the national chart on various fronts like tourism, Smart City Mission, literacy, etc, the State is far from achieving   ODF.

As per 2011 census, the State has nearly 20 percent households without toilet facility. There are also many community toilet facilities that are lacking in the State, which is known as international tourism destination on world map.

As a rough estimate, the government is of the view that it requires at least 65,000 bio-digester toilets, for which Goa Waste Management Corporation (GWMC) has already invited tender.

Kind of toilets to be provided

The toilets, costing Rs 40,000-Rs 45,000 per set, are fitted with bio-digester. Bio-digester toilet technology, perfected by the DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation), is an eco-friendly and maintenance-free system to manage human waste, which is being put to use under the Swachh Bharat Mission movement.

Scheme drafted by State Government 

Department of Urban Development has drafted a scheme for supply and installation of Bio-Digester Toilet in the State.  “If Goa is to achieve the goal of ODF by the year 2018, then it is essential that the construction of toilets is taken up on a mission mode by providing necessary financial assistance to the poor who are without an Individual Household Latrine (IHHL),” Secretary Urban Development R Menaka said.

Under the scheme, any household not having an individual sanitary toilet will be eligible on submission of documents like Aadhar card and an undertaking that he or she will pay the beneficiary share for the supply and installation of the Bio-Digester toilet in his household.

“No occupant of the household shall resort to open defecation and shall use toilet only for the purpose it is designed for.  The occupant will have to pay the entire cost of supply and installation of Bio-digester toilet to government in case of the toilet being not utilized or any occupants of the household resorting to open defecation,” Menaka said.

Urban development has made it mandatory for Certificate from Municipal Council/ /Corporation/Panchayat stating that the household does not have individual household latrine.

The department of urban development and panchayat will finalize the list of eligible applicants under the scheme and communicate the same to the Implementing Agency- GWMC.

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Parrikar returns home, on a stretcher & in an ambulance

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  1. Parrikar travelled in an ambulance to his home at Dona Paula.
  2. GMC has set up medical facility at his personal residence
  3. Party men and coalition partners were clueless over  his early arrival.

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GOA: The usual bonhomie that surrounds arrival of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar when arrives back in the State was missing on Sunday, when the BJP leader was moved from AIIMS to Goa on a stretcher and travelled through ambulances.

Parrikar was flown to Goa in a special flight on Sunday afternoon. Two Ambulances equipped with the doctors was part of his carcade that went to receive him at INS Hansa base. The former union defence minister travelled on a stretcher to his home.

India’s news agency Press Trust of India in its report from New Delhi had said that Parrikar’s health had deteriorated at AIIMS last night after which he was shifted to Intensive Care Unit.

He was discharged from the hospital and then flown to Goa.

State Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said that Goa Medical College and Hospital has set up facility at Parrikar’s residence at Dona Paula, where his medical needs would be looked after.

The arrival of Parrikar was sudden and unexpected. Rane was seen supervising the arrangements by calling special meeting of the GMC officials last night.

 

But what is shocking for his party members and coalition partners is unexpected arrival from AIIMS where he had met BJP Core Committee and coalition partners on Friday.

“Parrikar has been always commanding, whatever he decides for himself, he has been deciding. He never listens to his family or his close ones,” BJP Legislator and State Power Minister Cabral told reporters at the airport where he had come to receive Parrikar.

Unlike last two times when he had arrived from the USA wherein he had walked out of the Airport, this time, the ambulance was taken near the special flight to pick him up.

“We hope that he recovers fast and miracle happens. I think it must be his personal decision that he wants to come back to Goa. When I met him last time, he spoke well. It must be his decision to come to Goa,” Cabral said.

 Union AYUSH minister Shripad Naik who had met Parrikar along with Cabral at AIIMS on Friday said that he could not believe the news reports that Parrikar was coming back.

“I had met him day before yesterday. I got the news that he is coming back but I can’t believe that he is returning. His health is improving and he was expected stay at AIIMS for few more days,” Naik said talking to reporters in Panaji on Sunday morning at the sidelines of a function.

“It is okay if he takes treatment in Goa but he needs to take rest,” Naik said.

State Civil Supplies Minister and Independent MLA Govind Gawade said that Parrikar should have stayed back at AIIMS for some time and fully recovered before coming back to Goa.

“But we welcome him back. Goa was missing its leader,” he said.

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