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Thu. Apr 9th, 2020

SC GIVES CONSENT FOR KARNATAKA TO NOTIFY RIVER MADHAYI WATER DIVERSION

In a major relief to Karnataka, the Supreme Court on Thursday allowed its plea for the Centre to notify the final award of the Mahadayi Water Dispute Tribunal.

A bench, presided over by Justice D Y Chandrachud, allowed the application filed the Karnataka government, after hearing briefly counsel from the three states — Karnataka, Maharashtra and Goa.

The top court, however, put the special leave petitions, filed by all three states against the award, for consideration in July.

The Karnataka government had challenged the validity of the Mahadayi Water Dispute Tribunal’s decision that limited the allocation of water to 5.40 TMC to the state and allowed surplus water to flow into the sea.

On August 14, 2018, the Tribunal’s decision also granting 1.33 TMC to Maharashtra and 33.395 TMC to Goa, thereby resulting in the surplus of 147.935 TMC of water going into the sea unallocated to any riparian state resulted in grave miscarriage of justice to Karnataka and all other party states, it had contended.

Political parties across Goa slammed the union government for permitting basin transfer water diversion.  The Dr. Pramod Sawant headed BJP government in Goa has announced to further petition the supreme court in July 2020.

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