Mahadayi river water project

Mahadayi river water project

#GS-01 Geography, #GS-02 Interstate River water dispute

For Prelims

Mahadayi river

  • Mahadayi River known as Mandovi in Goa is called the lifeline of the Indian state of Goa.
  • It originates in the Western Ghats from Bhimgad Wildlife Sanctuary in Belagavi district of Karnataka.
  • The river travels 35 km through Karnataka and 82 km through Goa before ending up in the Arabian Sea.
  • Mahadayi/Mandovi is one of two major rivers that flow through Goa the other being the Zuari river.
  • Madovi river meets Zuari river at Cabo Aguada and together they form the Mormugao harbour.

Kalasa – Banduri Project:

  • Kalasa – Banduri Project a proposed dam building project that has been designed to divert water from the Mahadayi basin to the basin of the Malaprabha river.
  • Kalasa and Banduri are two major tributaries of the Mahadayi
  • The plan is aimed at supplying drinking water for 13 towns in drought-hit northern Karnataka.
  • Such as the districts of Dharwad, Belagavi, Bagalkote and Gadag.
  • The planning for Kalasa – Banduri Project started in 1989 but was opposed by Goa.
  • The Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal was set up in 2010 to settle the dispute with Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra as parties.
  • The central government has recently given approval to the revised Detailed Project Report (DPR) for Kalasa – Banduri Project.

Source “Oppn. to Karnataka’s Mahadayi river water project mounts in Goa