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'Could consider talks with Karnataka, Maharashtra over Mhadei dispute'

IANS  |  Panaji 

High litigation fees may result in accepting the government's suggestion to resolve the Mhadei inter-state water dispute through tri-partite dialogue, rather than slugging it out in a central government-appointed tribunal, Water Resources Minister Vinod Palienkar said on Thursday.

Speaking to reporters here, Palienkar said that there was no harm in attending the tri-partite meeting requested for by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday.

"The litigation fees (in the inter-state water dispute tribunal) are very high. Because of the fees, we are considering the Chief Minister's offer of talks," Palienkar said.

"What is the harm in having a discussion," Palienkar said, adding that he would speak to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar about the issue.

and are currently battling it out over the latter's controversial Kalsa-Bhandura dam project across the waters of the Mhadei river at a central tribunal.

Mhadei, also known as the Mandovi river, is known as a lifeline in the northern parts of the state. It originates in and meets the Arabian Sea in Panaji in

While the river traverses 28.8 km in Karnataka, it is 81.2 km in length in

plans to construct seven dams on the river, aimed at diverting the waters into its water-starved Malaprabha basin in north

Siddaramaiah had written to Parrikar on Wednesday asking him to agree to a joint meeting with their counterpart in order to find an 'out of court' and amicable resolution to the Mhadei water dispute issue.

--IANS

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