Kalasa-Banduri drinking water project has been accorded environmental clearance to Karnataka to go ahead with it by the Union government.
The Kalasa Banduri project proposes to divert water from the Mahadayi river from Kalasa and Banduri canals into the Malaprabha river.
Kalasa and Banduri are two points along the Mahadayi river from which water will be carried by a channel to the Malaprabha reservoir from where water will be used to serve the water deficit Hubballi-Dharwad twin cities and adjoining cities, towns and villages.
The Goa government has taken the stand that the project violated the Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal order. The Mahadayi river water is shared by Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra.
“On the follow up of my cabinet colleague (Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs) Pralhad Joshi, Kalasa Banduri drinking water project in Karnataka has been granted Environmental Approval, tweeted Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar.