Goa for Mahdai water dispute tribunal through Supreme Court

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Panaji, Sep 1 (UNI) Chief minister Digambar Kamat has reiterated the government's resolve to refer the Mahdai inter-state river water dispute with Karnataka, to a tribunal through the Supreme Court.

Interacting with mediapersons at his Altinho official residence here today, the chief minister said the government had appealed to the apex court for constituting the tribunal at the earliest, even as it urged the Centre not to sanction any clearances including finances to Karnataka for building reservoir on the Mahdai basin.

Refusing to offer his comment on the affidavit in the apex court, in which Karnataka had claimed Goa as its part, the chief minister said he had already directed the Supreme court lawyer to obtain certified copies of the affidavit for doing the needful, if necessary.

It might be recalled that water resources minister Philip Neri Rodrigues had recently told the Goa Legislative Assembly that efforts were underway to get a permanent injunction on the works being carried out in Karnataka, for diverting the water affecting Goa.

He regretted that the stand of the Centre on the suit filed against Karnataka in the apex court was not clear as on date, with the Karnataka government not yet securing the clearance of the Centre for carrying out works on forest or non-forest land as required under the law.

The minister, however, admitted that Karnataka had complied with the April 30 interim orders of the supreme court for staying the works as observed by the officials of the Water Resources Department, who visited the Kalsa Banduri Diversion work site recently.

The Goa government had also urged the Centre to not to give clearance or extend financial assistance to Karnataka for the diversion project till the final adjudication of the dispute.

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