Mahadayi river valley is in the news because of the inter-state water sharing dispute between Karnataka and Goa. Sustainable development is the need of the hour. | Advertise It is estimated that this project will submerge a vast area amounting to about 3,000 hectares; most of it will be the thick forested area on Karnataka side of the valley. Vertical rock cave ampitheatres of Krishnapur near Goa border are gigantic wall formations 1000-1500 ft in height. India has 14 major rivers, all of which are inter-state rivers, and 44 medium rivers, nine of which are inter-state rivers and Mahadayi is one river which flows from Karnataka to Maharashtra and Goa. Once these forests are destroyed there will be a drastic change in the ecology of the valley ruining its forests, wildlife and all its natural wealth. But once again, Goa appealed to the central government to stop the project. The Mahadayi river follows this pattern and is a comparatively small stream with a total length of just about 87 km.- 35 kms in Karnataka and 52 kms in Goa. Here are the reasons why Karnataka is pressing for the Mahadayi water and Goa is opposing it. Kanakumbi is situated at an altitude of 792 meters in the Western Ghats. The project appears to aim at impounding a large portion of waters from the Mahadayi and its tributaries that flows into Goa, which will mean that Karnataka retains and controls all the dams and the Mahadayi waters. Diverting water n building dams on a river is not the solution!! In 2009, the Supreme Court ordered the creation of a tribunal to address the crisis. km of mountain topography of Khanapur taluka barely 10 km. Virgin forests, fragile ecosystems will be lost forever. The Mahadayi/Mandovi river valley is one of the few surviving pockets of the “Last Wilderness” in the world and the main watershed for Goa’s rivers. Every variation in the Mahadayi water level will be crucial for ecology, forests, wildlife, agriculture, drinking water, fishing and transportation. Disclaimer: Main aim of the article which has been compiled by Rajeev Toppannavar from various sources is to create awareness of the impact the 11 dams will create once they are built. The temple is in R.S. However, Congress party's protest in Goa has become a problem to Karnataka government too. The main tributaries of the Mahadayi in the upper and middle catchment areas in Karnataka are small streams of an average length of 5 to 10 km. The Mahadayi takes a leap of over 150 ft. with rapids above and below the waterfalls. In Goa, the river is named as 'Mandovi'. Markandeya river is a tributary of Ghataprabha River. But the project is far more ambitious. R Gundu Rao, the then CM of Karnataka (1980 -83), formed the 'Bommai Committee' to solve this problem. The caves are extremely difficult to access, have remained untouched and are nature’s secret providing haven to a large number of floral and faunal species. This proposal, by the Government of Karnataka, is for the diversion of waters of the west flowing Mahadayi River to the east flowing Malaprabha. Origin of the River Malaprabha originates at Kanakumbi village of Belgaum district, at the origin, a small temple dedicated to Goddess Shree Mauli Devi is located and Malaprabha Birthplace is a pilgrimage center with mythological origins. Kalasa-Banduri project was intended to divert 7.56 TMC water of Kalasa and Banduri, the two main tributaries of the Mahadayi river, to the Malaprabha river and thus provide a permanent solution for the perennial water crisis in 13 taluks of four north Karnataka districts. Finally, the Tribunal instructed the advocates of Karnataka to study the Potamology (the physical science of rivers) before claiming that the Mahadayi's waters are being wasted in the ocean. upstream of Valpoi in Goa. Read Exclusive COVID-19 Coronavirus News updates, & Health Tips from India and World at Asianet Newsable. But it flows into Goa to become Mandovi, one of the life sustaining rivers of the state. Thus both the parties cannot promise anything to people. Considering the second appeal, the tribunal, in 2014, issued an interim order to halt the project until the final order was announced. The Mahadayi is a comparatively minor stream that arises in the Western Ghats and the river valley is a large pocket of dense, pristine monsoon forests, one of the richest reservoirs of biodiversity in the world that reflects complexity in plant, animal, bird life and is home to some rare endangered species of bats. Both, the Malaprabha and the Mahadayi run parallel to each other for some distance but flow in the opposite directions. Illegal felling of trees and illegal mining has been going on for decades. There has to be a more sustainable solution! The advocates failed to assert that there is sufficient water in three notified places from where the government intends to get water. It is a tributary of Krishna that flows in Karnataka. The advocates of the government failed to convince the tribunal that 7 TMC water is being wasted in the sea. These two streams are very important and major streams that feed the Mahadayi river. It would be great if a map showing the streams (nala), the rivers and the implementation of the project would be. The river originates in the Sahyadri mountain range in Khanapur Taluk, Belagavi district, Karnataka and flows towards Goa, to eventually enter the Arabian Sea. It includes building as many as 11 dams on the Mahadayi and its tributaries in this small area along with hydroelectric projects. The final order was expected in December 2015. Mandovi river also known as Mahadayi, originates in the Western Ghats of Khanapur taluka, Belagavi district. At the origin of the Malaprabha is an ancient temple dedicated to Shree Mauli Devi. To make it multipurpose project a reservoir was also constructed on the dam. Sir, pl re- read the article… it enumerates how devastating this project is going to be! Over the years, the project got approvals from the forest department as well as from the central government. Malaprabha River originates in the Sahyadri mountains at an altitude of 792.4 metres (2,600 ft) at Kanakumbi village 16 km (9.9 mi) west of Jamboti village, Khanapur taluka, Belgaum District, Karnataka. The protest by people of North Karnataka demanding drinking water from the Mahadayi River has crossed 800 days and the protest has been intensified. Even the Vajpayee government in the centre gave its approval for the project. A symbol in rock carved by hand near the source of the river Malaprabha depicts the origin of the river for the purpo… At the origin of the Malaprabha is an ancient temple dedicated to Shree Mauli Devi. Goa submitted another appeal, this time requesting the project be put on hold until the final verdict. But it did not keep its promise and started the work of the project. Goa’s main objection is that the Kalasa-Banduri project may create an ecological imbalance in their state. 11 dams means people all over the forest area chopping trees and making ways for transport and doesn’t makes sense if your fighting for States in the name of development, there will be nothing called Indians, it will be People of Goa and people of Karnataka, thinking about there own States and chopping down forests in the name of development, understand this we are actually people of EARTH , we need to save it.. 11 dams means people all over the forest area chopping trees and making ways for transport and doesn’t makes sense if your fighting for States in the name of development, there will be nothing called Indians, it will be People of Goa and people of Karnataka, thinking about there own States and chopping down forests in the name of development, understand this we are actually people of EARTH , we need to save it. 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In 2006, the then Karnataka CM, HD Kumaraswamy, also tried to revive the project. When SR Bommaai himself became the CM in 1989, he spoke to the then CM of Goa - Pratap Singh Rana, and took his consent to build the dams. The river flows for 35 km within Karnataka before it enters Goa. The committee recommended that the government join Mahadayi river to the Malaprabha river.
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