The diversion of mahadei waters to karnataka got another shot In the arm as , people from different walks of life united under the banner of ‘Save Our Avoi Mhadei’ in a symbolic protest Mapusa
Accusing the government of failing to protect Mhadei river, people gathered at the Gandhi Chowk after garlanding the statue of Mahatma Gandhi and began with the candlelight rally shouting slogans demanding protection of Mhadei.
citizens participating in the protest included Rajan Ghate, Zygal Lobo, Sanjay Barde, Norman Azavedo, Rahul Mhambre, Aishwarya Salgaonkar, Chandan Mandrekar and others participated in the rally.
Ghate demanded that the government declare Mhadei wildlife sanctuary as a tiger reserve and said it will help protect the Mhadei river.
“The declaration of tiger reserve will lead to regulations, which will save our river,” he said and appealed to the municipalities, panchayats, Ganesh mandals, students and youth councils to resolve to make Mhadei wildlife sanctuary a tiger reserve.
Expressing happiness over the common people organising the candlelight protest, Jitesh Kamat said people are aware about the importance of water, so they have come out to raise the issue and demanded that the state government file a contempt of court petition against union home minister Amit Shah for making a statement on the Mhadei issue, which is pending before the Supreme Court.
Barde accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of playing politics over the issue.