Mhadei dispute: Yediyurappa wants to hold talks with Sawant

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Offering silver lining on the vexed Mhadei water dispute,
Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa
on Tuesday said that he has plans to visit Goa on September 16 and 17 to hold talk with his Goa counterpart Pramod Sawant to break the ice on the
dispute.

Sources said that Yediyurappa has sought an appointment with Sawant

for holding talk in Goa on the Mhadei dispute.

Speaking to media persons in Bengaluru on Tuesday, Yediyurappa said, “We have sought
an appointment with the Goa Chief Minister to visit Goa and discuss the sharing
of Mahadayi water issue.”

Stating that he already had held an one-on-one meeting
with the Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis recently,
Yediyurappa said, “I have plans to visit
Goa on September 16 and 17 to hold talks with Sawant.”

The Karnataka Chief Minister’s move came on the heels
of Union Mines Minister Pralhad Joshi
suggesting during his Goa visit

on Monday that
negotiations could hold the key to the Mhadei dispute.

Reacting to the news reports on Yediyurappa seeking
appointment of Sawant for holding talks
on the water dispute, Opposition leader Digambar Kamat on Tuesday said
that there is no scope for any
discussions as the tribunal has already given its final award.

“The Mhadei tribunal has already given its award. Hence
no scope for any further discussions now. Hope @goacm will act in the interest
of the state,” Kamat tweeted.

He said that it is the duty of every Goan to ensure that
our lifeline is protected.

The Karnataka government is not happy with the award given by the Mahadayi (Mhadei) Water Disputes
Tribunal on August 14, 2018. The neighbouring state has approached the Supreme Court against the order passed by
the tribunal, seeking clarifications.

Time and again the Goa government has disfavoured
out-of-court settlement to the Mhadei
dispute.

Source:: The Navhind Times

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