PANJIM: Water Resources Minister Dayanand Mandrekar admitted and regretted that powers to grant or deny No Objection Certificates (NOCs) to constructions within the command area of Tillari, Anjunem and Selaulim were withdrawn from the Water Resources Department since 2006.

Mandrekar also promised to activate the Command Area Development Authorities (CADAs) of all the irrigation projects in the State. Replying to the discussion on demands for grants to the Water Resources Department, the minister said that the powers were revoked by the Town and Country Planning Department in 2006.