The Congress in Goa on Thursday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government in the state of failing to protect interest of state on Mhadei issue and demanded that state government should approach the Supreme Court against award of Mhadei Water Disputes Tribunal.
Addressing a press conference at party state headquarter in the city, Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) Spokesperson Yatish Naik said, ”We demand that the state government challenge the award of the Tribunal before the Supreme Court forthwith and without any delay so as to ensure that justice is done to Goa.”
He said The Mhadei Water Dispute Tribunal passed it award on August 14, 2018, allowing Karnataka to utilise a total of 13.4 TMC feet of water which included 2.18 TMC feet of Mhadei water at proposed Bhandura dam and 1.72 TMC feet of water at the proposed Kalsa dam.
Karnataka had been permitted to utilise 8.02 TMC feet of water for Mahadeyi Hydroelectric Project and it would also get 1.5 TMC feet of water for in basin use, he said, claiming that by the verdict the neighbouring state had been allowed 13.42 TMC feet of water from Mhadei as against its demand of 36.5 TMC.
The verdict would have far reaching long term impact on the state, he claimed and alleged that the verdict also revealed that the Goa Government had failed to protect the interest of Goa and the state Chief Minister, Water Resources Minister and others in the government had been falsely claiming victory.
“A detailed reading of the award reveals that the state government has been a miserable failure in protecting Goa’s interest before the tribunal which has resulted in the award.The State Water Resources Department, the Ministry of Water Resources, and the State Government have completely exposed themselves as pure failures in protecting the state’s interest on this issue inspite of spending crores of rupees,” he said.