The Dy speaker urged Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal to inspect situation at Kanakumbi. On this occasion, he was accompanied by Speaker Pramod Sawant and two other Goa MLAs. Expressing concern over the illegal transfer of water using underwater canals, Lobo pointed that, Karnataka government’s move would create issues of drinking water for Goa.
When asked about the further plans against reported water diversion, Michael Lobo stated that after consulting all stakeholders of BJP led state government, Assembly would pass the resolution protesting against the diversion by Karnataka. Recently, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah once again pitched for mutual understanding to resolve the long pending issue of Mahadayi water sharing dispute ahead of the crucial assembly polls of Karnataka.
Incidentally, several key alliance partners in Coalition government led by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar were not in agreement and even Goa irrigation minister had publically criticized Parrikar for sharing water Mahadayi with Karnataka. His alleged comments on Kannadigas had fuelled the controversy where irked Karnataka leaders including state BJP Chief Yeddyurappa had sought an unconditional apology from Vinod Palienkar who represents Goa Forward Party in Parrikar government.