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8 Goa officials held in K'taka over Mahaday row, says Palyekar

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

Eight officials from were detained by the Police today when they visited a site there in connection with the water dispute between the two states, said.

He said the eight officials of his department were released after being questioned by the Police who, he claimed, also told them not to visit the site without proper permission from the district authorities concerned.

"Eight officials from our team, which visited the site where has blocked the water, were detained by the Karnataka Police," Palyekar told

"The action of detaining the government officers who were on duty is condemnable," the said.

Palyekar said he has asked the to the P Krishnamurthy to speak to his counterpart in Karnataka in connection with the matter.

Karnataka and Goa, the riparian states of the Mahadayi (known as Mandovi in Goa), have been locked in a bitter battle over sharing of the water of the river, which originates at Belagavi in Karnataka.

The matter is pending before the

The government had alleged last month that Karnataka was diverting the river water to its Malaprabha basin.

Last year, the had ordered Karnataka to stop the work on construction of a canal, which was aimed at diverting water from the

Goa claimed that it had photographic evidence to support its claim that the work had begun.

However, Karnataka had rejected the claim saying there was no such activity.

In January this year, the had told the tribunal that Karnataka was demanding water for irrigating its sugarcane crop areas.

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First Published: Wed, August 08 2018. 16:55 IST