Centre approved Karnataka's Kalasa-Banduri drinking water project

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Centre approved Karnataka's Kalasa-Banduri drinking water project

The Centre has approved Karnataka's long pending Kalasa-Banduri drinking water project, which is facing opposition from Goa and Maharashtra.

Important facts

  • The Central Water Commission (CWC) has approved the diversion of 1.72 TMC water from Kalsa Dam and 2.18 TMC water from Bhandura Dam.

  • Karnataka wants to use the Mahadayi river water from its tributaries Kalasa and Banduri to the drought-hit districts of north Karnataka. 

  • The Mahadayi River originates in Karnataka (Western Ghats) from the Bhimgarh Wildlife Sanctuary in Khanapur taluk of Belagavi district, Karnataka.

  • It enters the north Goa districts.

  • After Goa interjected, it became an inter-state dispute.

About Kalasa-Banduri Project

  • It is a dam designed to divert water from the Mhadei basin to the Mala-Prabha river basin.

  • The project is aimed at facilitating drinking water for 13 towns in drought-hit northern Karnataka. 

  • These areas include Dharwad, Belagavi, Bagalkot and Gadag. These regions together form the second driest region in the country after Rajasthan.

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