Tillari issue: CM warns M’rashtra of exemplary action

PANAJI: The Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar on Saturday said that the Maharashtra government would have to honour its commitment made in the memorandum of understanding between the two states on releasing water from Tillari irrigation project to the state at the earliest failing which Goa would take action that would be exemplary.

Mr Parrikar said that the issue of release of water from the Tillari irrigation project has been politicised and the flow of water has been stopped on flimsy grounds, which has to be settled by the Maharashtra government, even as he said that Goa could not afford to look helplessly on the issue. He further said that by stopping the flow of water from the Tillari project, Goa was being treated as an enemy state by the neighbouring Maharashtra state on the issue and that the state would not hesitate to teach Maharashtra a lesson for going back on its commitments and violating the MoU.

The Chief Minister said that Goa would honour its commitment made in the memorandum of understanding between the two states and that Maharashtra has to honour its commitments, even as he said that he would try to find out a negotiated settlement with the Maharashtra Chief Minister, Mr Prithviraj Chavan.

Hinting that he would not hesitate to take drastic action if no settlement was found in the near future as the state’s farmers were being affected the most, Mr Parrikar said: "When I decide to step in and take action, it would be exemplary and the other party would have to repent for having done whatever it did." He, however, said that whatever commitments have been made by Goa government would be honoured.

Questioning the wisdom of the then state leadership headed by Mr Churchill Alemao in creating assets at the cost of the state in a neighbouring state, Mr Parrikar went on to say that despite having paid 76 per cent of the cost, Goa was being made to look helpless, with Goan farmers dependent on the project having to suffer the most. [NT]