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 Goa will receive Tillari water from Wednesday after the Tillari rehabilitees withdrew their 23-day-old agitation following the assurance from Union Minister Sharad Pawar to resolve all their demands on behalf of the Goa and Maharashtra governments, on Tuesday.

font-family: ‘Times New Roman’; font-size: medium; text-align: justify; During his visit, Pawar gave a patient hearing to the delegation of Tillari rehabilitees, who along with government officials met the agriculture minister at the guest house.

The delegation~led by Shashikant Gawas, Ranganath Gawas, Sanjay Naik, Rajan Gawas, Dnyneshwar Gawas, Madhukar Sawant and others ~ put forward their grievances before the agriculture minister.

Pawar assured to fulfill their demands. He gave a concrete assurance to extend the amount of one-time settlement on behalf of the Goa government. He also assured to take up all other issues provided agitators withdrew the agitation.

Pawar also succeeded in convincing the agitators that stopping the Tillari water to Goa is not the solution over the issue which otherwise may be solved by sitting across the table.

Pawar also contacted Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chawan telephonically and got their views on the matter.

After discussing the issue with both chief ministers, Pawar assured the delegation to also look into problems of roads, water and electricity and discussed the issue of land ownership with Maharashtra Collector Virendra Singh.

It was only after the assurance that the agitation was withdrawn by the agitators. The agitators while withdrawing their agitation congratulated Pawar for showing concern.

Pawar was accompanied by former cabinet minister Ramakant Khalap, Maharashtra MLA Deepak Kesarkar, Maharashta Director General of Police Waghmare and other government officials.

Sources informed that water from the Tillari dam was released on Tuesday evening and it will reach Goa on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the meeting which was scheduled on January 18 to discuss the matter has been preponed to January 10, during which all the issues will be discussed.

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has welcomed the decision of the agitators to withdraw their agitation. “I have already cleared my stand about the Tillari affected people and had assured the Maharashtra government to cooperate in resolving their problems,” said Parrikar.

Farmers from Bicholim, Pernem and Bardez talukas have expressed satisfaction over the development. Bicholim MLA Naresh Sawal, Sal Sarpanch Ghanashyam Raut and other farmers have also expressed gratitude to Pawar, Parrikar and Khalap for solving the dispute.

Courtesy : Herald

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