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Goa sends team to ascertain Mahadeyi river water "diversion"

Press Trust of India  |  Panaji 

The has sent a team of officials to a village near the border with amid that the neighbouring state is diverting water from the Mahadeyi river.

Water Resources today said the team has been sent after taking cognisance of reports that has resumed work on a dam to block the Mahadeyi river water at Kankumbi village on the border.

riparian states and Goa, besides Maharashtra, have been locked in a bitter dispute over sharing of its water.

"After of Karnataka blocking a Mahadeyi tributary and resuming work on a project at Kankumbi, I have directed our to immediately dispatch a team of engineers to do an inspection at the site," Palyekar told

The team has been asked to submit a report by today evening, he said.

The Central has formed a tribunal to look into the river-sharing issue between and Karnataka.

On Wednesday, Goa said that ongoing dispute with Karnataka will be fought before the

Parrikar had written a letter to B S Yeddyurappa last month, saying Goa could share the river water with Karnataka for drinking purposes, and expressed his willingness to hold bilateral talks.

Parrikar's missive had evoked strong criticism from from certain quarters.

The letter created a controversy as it was addressed to the BJP instead to Karnataka who represents the state

The Mahadayi (called Mandovi in Goa) originates in Karnataka and flows to Goa and

The water-sharing issue is politically sensitive one, especially in five north Karnataka districts. The southern state is going to polls later this year.

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First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 13:45 IST