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Thursday, December 14, 2006

Mhadei: MBA knocks UNEP doors

Panjim, GOA:Reiterating that the State Government was not serious over the Mhadei water diversion, Mhadei Bachao Abhiyan on Tuesday said it has now apprised the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) 5th Dams and Development Forum in Nairobi, Kenya, about the issue.
Addressing a press conference, MBA Convenor Nirmala Sawant informed that they’ve made a representation to the DD Forum held on November 23-24 through a nature lover of Goan origin called F R S D’Souza, who is settled in Kenya. D’Souza has made the representation on our behalf and we are waiting for a feedback, she added.
That the State Government is not serious about the issue can be seen in two instances, Nirmala observed, adding, “I am told that on November 27 Goa’s representatives failed to show photographs of the work undertaken by Karnataka or provide any other strong evidence in the Supreme Court to get a stay or a status quo on the construction work at Kankumbi. Even the Advocate General was not present in the court.”
“Secondly”, she preserved, “The all-party delegation that went to Delhi to meet the PM on December 8 came back after submitting a memo to the Prime Minister’s Office. Looking at the seriousness and urgency of the issue, the delegation should have waited a day or two and met the PM.”
Scientist Nandkumar Kamat said it looks like that the IFFI took the wind out of Goa’s seriousness over Mhadei. The State’s leadership is not united as it took two months to take an all-party delegation to Delhi. The time factor will be favourable to Karnataka for making progress on the development works at the project site.”
Kamat said the nodal officer has expressed his helplessness over the issue. There is total lack of coordination between the Water Resources Minister and the Advocate General. The Cabinet needs to regularly meet on the issue, he added.
Noted environmentalist Rajendra Kerkar informed that a cycle yatra has been organised on December 28-30 from Bondir, Sattari to Tambdi Surla to create awareness over the issue.

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