Even as Karnataka witnessed a state-wide bandh today, Pro-Kannada groups lodged a protest in Bengaluru against Mahadayi water dispute verdict.
The bandh had been called by pro-Kannada and farmer organisations protesting the Mahadayi Water Dispute Tribunal’s interim order rejecting the state’s petition seeking 7.56 tmcft for drinking water projects.
Earlier on Friday, Home Minister G Parameshwara while appealing for peace, warned against any act that violates law and causes damage to public or government property.
He said two companies of Rapid Action Force and an equal number of Border Security Force had been deployed at sensitive areas besides state Reserve Police and regular forces.
Karnataka government, which has locked horns with neighbouring Goa on the larger issue of sharing Mahadayi River water between both the states, had petitioned the tribunal
seeking the release of 7.56 tmcft of water for the Kalasa-Banduri Nala project.
The tribunal which gave its interim order Wednesday after hearing arguments from both Karnataka and Goa had rejected
state’s plea citing various grounds including ecological damage that the project may cause.
The Kalasa-Banduri Nala (diversion) project, which will utilise 7.56 tmcft of water from the inter-state Mahadayi River, is being undertaken by Karnataka to improve drinking
water supply to the twin cities of Hubballi-Dharwad and the districts of Belagavi and Gadag.
It involves building barrages across Kalasa and Banduri, tributaries of Mahadayi River, to divert 7.56 TMC to Malaprabha River which supplies drinking water needs of the twin cities.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had earlier said that after consulting legal experts and leaders of all political parties the further course of action would be decided.
Goa government had earlier rejected Karnataka’s attempt for an out-of-court settlement of the dispute stating that the people of the state felt it was more prudent to settle the
dispute through the Tribunal.
(With PTI Inputs)