GOA: Scientists from the National Institute of Hydrology (NIH), Roorkee, who visited the contentious Kalasa-Bhandura project site in Kankumbi, Karnataka, on September 17, have found salinity upto 22km from the mouth of the Mhadei.
Chief engineer of Goa’s water resources department Shrikant Patil told that the two scientists ended up with these findings even though the test was done when the monsoon was in full swing. “The NIH team found salinity upto Amona, which is 22km from the mouth of the river, even in the monsoon,” said Patil. “We have told them that they will find salinity up to Ganjem when the test is carried out during the lean season of April-May.”
On March 6, in view of the ongoing dispute between Goa and Karnataka over the waters of the Mhadei, chief minister Pramod Sawant had written to the Union ministry of Jal Shakti. Sawant told the ministry that diversion of the Kalasa waters would lead to increased salinity in the Mhadei, and this would prove disastrous for Goa’s ecology.
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