Maharashtra government had started the work on Virdi dam eight years ago in order to cater to the industrial and drinking water needs of villages in Dodamarg taluka
SANKHALI: In a welcome relief to Goa, Mhadei Water Dispute Tribunal on Wednesday passed interim order restraining Maharashtra from proceeding with works on Virdi dam and ordered halt to all works.
The tribunal earlier heard arguments of Attorney General of Goa and counsel of Maharashtra. AG pressed for interim relief citing the case of complications that arose due to Karnataka’s Kalsa project. The tribunal accepted Goa’s request and also directed Maharashtra state to provide all related information to state of Goa.
Maharashtra government had started the work on Virdi dam eight years ago in order to cater to the industrial and drinking water needs of villages in Dodamarg taluka. Initially Goa government was kept in the dark. Mhadei Bachao Abhiyan had submitted a memorandum to the Goa government about the ill-effects of Virdi dam.
Following this development, then WRD Minister Filip Neri Rodrigues had visited Virdi dam site and Goa government filed its objection.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said that it is a proud movement for Goa to have been able to get injunction orders against Maharashtra and Karnataka and thereby safeguard Goa’s interest. He said, “We are constantly working to safeguard Mhadei river which is the lifeline of Goa and our legal and engineering teams are working in this direction.”
WRD Minister Dayanand Mandrekar, who was in Bicholim for a function on Wednesday, said that with today’s order, Goa has been successful in preventing Maharashtra and Karnataka states from undertaking projects detrimental to Goa in terms of water resources.
Meanwhile, the tribunal has issued directions to Maharashtra to submit all the details documents before April 15 as the next hearing is schedule that day at New Delhi. Meanwhile, hearing on the dispute of Kalsa canal on Mhadei river is scheduled for February 12 at 2 p.m in New Delhi.