GOA: 2 scientists of the National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee, visited the Kalasa Bhandura project site in Kankumbi, Karnataka, to study the salinity of the Mhadei. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant thanked the Centre, more particularly Shekhawat, for the quick response to the state government’s request. Sawant said that the institute will conduct another such inspection in lean season from March to May .
On July 29, in a letter to Sawant, Union minister of jalshakti Gajendrasingh Shekhavat said that the Roorkee-based National Institute of Hydrology has been appointed to examine the salinity issue, a fear raised by Goa in its case against the Kalasa Bhandura project.
Goa had pleaded that the proposed diversion of water by Karnataka and Maharashtra would increase the salinity of water and there will be increased tidal base water flow, due to which villagers living on the banks of the Surla river (Kalasa nallah), besides the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary, would suffer immensely on account of depletion of river water, and in addition, the source of underground water would also be completely depleted.
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