Siddharamaiah calls Goa, Maharashtra for talks


Bengaluru: Days after the Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal asked the states to resolve the water dispute amicably, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has written to his Goa and Maharashtra counterparts offering to host the first round of discussions. 

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In a letter to Goa CM Laxmikant Parsekar on Tuesday, CM  Siddaramaiah has made the offer. "During the hearing on Mahadayi water dispute, Justice J.M. Panchal and tribunal members Justice Vinay Mittal and Justice P.S. Narayana orally advised the CMs of Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra to explore the possibility of finding an amicable solution to the dispute through negotiations.

The judge also clarified that the chief ministers of the three states can work out a solution with or without the mediation of a third party." Mr Siddaramaiah drew the attention of Mr Parsekar to the fact that Karnataka has welcomed the decision of the tribunal. "I am informed that lawyers appearing for Maharashtra and Goa too have welcomed this decision,” he said in the letter.

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