Karnataka state is facing close on today, 30 July 2016 Saturday. Pro-Kannnada and Farmer Associations have declared Karnataka Bandh on 30 July 2016, Saturday to show objection against the Tribunal’s temporary order rejecting Karnataka’s provisional plea for sharing the Mahadayi river water with Goa.
Tribunal rejected Karnataka state petition for 7.56 tmcft for drinking water projects and due to that huge public protests were seen on 28th July 2016. The Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) will halt screening of movies in theatres, movie-shooting schedules, and other film activities on Karnataka Bandh on 30th July 2016.
The Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal rejected the Karnataka’s petition for 7.6 thousand million cubic feet (tmcft) of water from the river. Headed by J N Panchal, tribunal rejected petition on the bases of various reasons like ecological damage that may be caused by this project.
Karnataka areas like Hubballi, Dharwad, Gadag, Haveri and Belagabi had violent protests with incidents of stone-throwing, burning of Tyres and effigies and blocking of roads and highways by thousands of farmers, students and pro-Kannada activists were reported.
Schools, colleges and offices were closed due to the agitation and the holidays are not decided how much to extend.
Karnataka has locked horns with neighbor state Goa on the big issue of Mahadayi river water sharing between both the states. Karnataka had petitioned the tribunal for release of 7.56 tmcft of water for Kalasa-Banduri Nala project.
The project to supply drinking water to Hubballi-Dharwad, Gadag, Bagalkot and Belagavi districts from the river through Kalsa-Banduri canals in the Malabrabha basin has remained incomplete due to standoff between the two states since more than 10 years.
Mahadayi river flows from Karnataka to Goa on west coast into Arabian sea. the former has been objecting over sharing its water, as 52 km of its stretch is in its state and is a lifeline for its people.
According to a central water commission study, of the total (197-220 tmcft) water in the river basin, the yield in the state’s catchment area is 44-53 tmcft. The state plans to use around 37 tmcft of its water for drinking water and hydel power generation.