Scientists study diversion of Kalasa water into Malaprabha

A team of scientists inspecting the Mhadei site at Kankumbi on Thursday.

Sankhali: A team of scientists of the National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee, visited various locations of the Mhadei river and its tributaries in Goa and Karnataka on Thursday and took cognisance of the water being diverted towards the Malaprabha basin by the neighbouring state.

A report filed by the scientists will be submitted to the Centre by the National Institute of Hydrology.

Scientists Dr Gopalkrishna and Dr Nitesh Patidar visited Kankumbi along with assistant engineer of water resource department (WRD) of Goa Deelip Naik and studied the diversion of the natural flow of Kalasa into Malaprabha basin through the interconnecting and underground canals built by Karnataka.

Chief engineer of WRD Shrikant Patil facilitated the scientists’ visit to the Mhadei sites.

The National Institute of Hydrology will submit a study report to the Union Minister of Jal Shakti.

It may be noted that Chief Minister Pramod Sawant had met Union Minister for Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhavat and briefed him on the diversion of water by Karnataka into the Malprabha basin which will affect Goa’s ecology and environment. 

The state government has also filed a disobedience petition before the Supreme Court on the diversion of the Kalasa water into the Malaprabha.

Taking serious note of the request made by Sawant, the scientists’ team visited the sites on Thursday. A report to be filed by the scientists is likely to play a major role when the matter comes up for hearing in the apex court in October.