The Supreme Court on Monday rapped the Central Government for its inordinate delays in appointing the Water Dispute Tribunal to take up the row between Goa and Karnataka over the latter’s moves to divert the water from Mhadei river to a different basin.
At the last hearing of the case filed by the Goa Government, the Central government had undertaken to set up the tribunal by 18th October. However, when the matter was taken up on Monday, the Additional Solicitor General sought three weeks time to do so.
“We may have to pass an order if you do not do it,” observed the bench while granting the Centre three weeks to set up the tribunal.
Goa government has complained against Karnataka’s plans to construct dams across the Mandovi river upstream at Kalasa where the river is called Mhadei. Goa has argued that the Karnataka’s plans to diver the water to a different basin is not in consonance with the national water policy.
Karnataka on the other hand has argued that they propose to divert only a fraction of the water available in the basin and further argued that the diversion is to provide water to drought like areas of the State.