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Organisations explain to people the seriousness of Mhadei issue

Though the Mhadei issue is in discussion for a long time, some of the organisations from Bicholim and Sattari have roped in the general public by making them aware of the seriousness of the issue.In the forefront has been an organisation –Goykarancho Aawaz who organised a special talk for the general public highlighting the Mhadei issue. Eminent environmentalist Rajendra Kerkar made the general public aware about the issue.“There are 11 rivers in Goa and the Mhadei River is one of the most important rivers which is 111 kms long. In all, six talukas get water from this river as several water treatment plants are totally dependent upon this river”, said Rajendra Kerkar who is fighting this battle for a long time.During a programme he said that Mhadei comes from a small spring but later takes a huge form as it enters Goa. He highlighted the importance of Mhadei River to the people and also showed some of the rare pictures that he had captured long time ago.
“There is a need to bring about public awareness among the masses. The traditional silt based cultivation is only found on the basin of this river,” Kerkar said. He rubbished the claims of Karnataka that since the water enters the sea it is wasted and told that this process is required to maintain the ecological balance in the sea.A lawyer, Adv Shivaji Desai, came down heavily on all the 40 MLAs and said that no one has studied this issue except the Chief Minister. “Public should be made aware about this issue as Karnataka is trying to divert the water when about 21 villages in Sattari taluka are forced to get water through tankers. Goa has no water policy and we are dependent even upon Maharashtra for waters of Tillari,” Desai said.
Another organization Amhi Goynkar also organised a programme for bringing about awareness among the people of Bicholim. There were several speakers including Adv S N Joshi, Adv Ajitsingh Rane; Animal Rescue Squad chief, Amrut Singh and several other prominent persons from Bicholim and Sattari who dealt with several aspects of Mhadei.
The organisation went a step further and also submitted a four-page letter to the Chief Minister expressing strong resentment over the CM’s letter given to the MP and Karnataka BJP State President, B S Yeddyurappa.Taking a step further the Vivekanand Environment Awareness Brigade from Keri Sattari also staged a street play on the Bicholim KTC bus stand. Pamphlets and other material related to Mhadei were also distributed to the people. [H]

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