Goa to move Mahadayi Tribunal against Karnataka for illegal diversion of river water; panel to deliver verdict next month

The Goa government would send its team to New Delhi to file an application before the Mahadayi Water Dispute Tribunal on Wednesday against the illegal diversion of water

Press Trust of India July 24, 2018 11:15:51 IST
Goa to move Mahadayi Tribunal against Karnataka for illegal diversion of river water; panel to deliver verdict next month

Panaji: The Goa government has decided to move the Mahadayi Water Dispute Tribunal against Karnataka's alleged act of diverting the Mahadayi river water to its Malaprabha basin, a minister said on Tuesday.

A team of officials from Goa on Monday visited Karnataka's Kanakumbi village, located in the Malaprabha basin adjoining the state's border, and confirmed that the Mahadayi river water was being diverted, Goa's water resources minister Vinod Palyekar said.

Goa to move Mahadayi Tribunal against Karnataka for illegal diversion of river water panel to deliver verdict next month

Representational image. PTI

The team found that Karnataka has constructed a five-km-long tunnel to divert the water to the Malaprabha basin, he claimed. The Goa government would send its team to New Delhi to file an application before the Mahadayi Water Dispute Tribunal on Wednesday against the illegal diversion of water, he said.

"The tribunal is expected to deliver its verdict next month in the dispute over sharing of Mahadayi river water. Without waiting for results, Karnataka has made this move which amounts to contempt of the tribunal," Palyekar alleged.

He said the Goa government came to know about the water diversion through some reports in a section of media. Goa-based environmentalist Rajendra Kerkar also called the water resources department to complain about the diversion, the minister said.

Karnataka and Goa, the riparian states of the Mahadayi (known as Mandovi in Goa), have been locked in a bitter battle over the sharing of water of the river, which originates at Belagavi in Karnataka. The matter is  ending before the Mahadayi Water Dispute Tribunal.

Last year, the Supreme Court had ordered Karnataka to stop the work on construction of a canal, which was aimed at diverting water from the Mahadayi tributary.

Goa claimed that it had photographic evidence to support its claim that the work had begun. However, Karnataka had rejected the claim saying there was no such activity.

In January this year, the Goa government had told the tribunal that the Mahadayi river water demand by neighbouring Karnataka is actually for irrigating its sugarcane crop areas. Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had earlier said that his state could share the river water with Karnataka for drinking purposes and expressed his willingness for bilateral talks.

Updated Date:

also read

Karnataka CM hints at more precautionary steps amid new COVID-19 variant threat, rules out lockdown
India

Karnataka CM hints at more precautionary steps amid new COVID-19 variant threat, rules out lockdown

With new clusters emerging in the state and threats of new variant 'Omicron' looming large, he said the government has to manage things at two levels to control the further spread of the pandemic

KCET 2021: Deadline for choice entry, fee payment and reporting to college extended; check details here
India

KCET 2021: Deadline for choice entry, fee payment and reporting to college extended; check details here

The deadline for exercise of choices (selecting the right choice out of four choices) by the candidates who have been allotted a seat in the first round, has been extended till 5:30 pm on 3 December

Bengaluru: Auto rides set to cost more from today; here's all you need to know
India

Bengaluru: Auto rides set to cost more from today; here's all you need to know

The minimum fare of auto rickshaws has increased from Rs 25 to Rs 30 for a distance of 2 kms and customers will have to pay Rs 2 extra for every additional kilometre