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Goa files application against Karnataka for ‘breach’ in Mhadei Water Dispute Tribunal

Goa government on Monday filed an application in the Mhadei Water Dispute Tribunal in New Delhi seeking action against Karnataka for breach and disobedience of the order of injunction dated April 17, 2014 passed by the tribunal.

Mhadei River

The State government’s application has been filed under Order 39 Rule 2A of the Code of Civil Procedure, 1908, read with Section 5 (3) of the Interstate River Water Disputes Act, 1956.

Karnataka had in January built bunds to block the flow of the Mahadayi water into Goa and Goa had filed a contempt application before the tribunal. However, Karnataka filed an affidavit, stating that it would not divert the waters and hence Goa withdrew the contempt application with liberty to file such application as and when such necessity arose.However, in July it was noticed that on account of the gradient slope that Karnataka built, Mahadayi waters was flowing into the Malaprabha basin, spokesperson of the BJP government told media.

The tribunal had observed that its earlier injunction order would continue to operate until Karnataka prepared its DPRs and obtained all permission for its diversion project.

Savio Rodrigues

Savio Rodrigues Founder & Editor-in-Chief GoaChronicle.com

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