Senior MGP leader Ramakrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar on Wednesday announced that his party will launch an agitation on January 19 from Santre village of Sattari taluka for protecting Goa’s interest vis-a-vis the Mhadei water dispute.
Disclosing the decision on the agitation at a press briefing at Marcaim, the former deputy chief minister said, “The MGP agitation will start at the point where the Mhadei enters the state, and will be staged in Goa’s villages and areas through which the river passes through,” he explained, adding that over 200 MGP workers will take part in the agitation.
If the Mhadei water is diverted then the water treatment plant at Opa will not get enough water and Ponda and Tiswadi talukas will have to bear the brunt of the Karnataka project, he maintained.
Other MGP leaders attending the press briefing accused Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar of backstabbing Goa over the Mhadei dispute.
Despite this setback, the state government is not taking the matter seriously. Hence the MGP decided to launch the statewide movement against the Mhadei water diversion, they said, adding other political parties are likely to join the MGP agitation.
Source:: The Navhind Times