SC will take up Goa’s appeal: CM




Chief Minister Pramod Sawant Thursday said that the Supreme Court has agreed to take up the appeal filed by the state challenging the award of the Mahadayi tribunal.

“The Hon’ble Supreme Court has agreed to take up the appeal filed by the state of Goa challenging the award of Mahadayi tribunal. The matter has been fixed on July 15, 2020, for final hearing,” he tweeted after the apex court decision on Thursday.

Reacting to the development on the Mhadei issue in the Supreme Court, Water Resources Minister Filipe Nery Rodrigues said that the apex court will hear Goa’s petition on priority on three days – July 15, 16 and July 27 and thereafter it will take a decision.
“We are still confident that the decision on Mhadei matter would be in our favour,” he said.

The WRD Minister also said that the state has filed a contempt petition, which will be taken up for hearing somewhere in the next month. “Goa is keeping an eye on the works taken up by Karnataka and has brought the same to the notice of the Supreme Court and also the Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal time and again,” he said.

Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party on Thursday said that the decision of the Supreme Court to allow Karnataka government’s plea, for the Centre to notify the final award of the Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal, will now allow the Karnataka government to officially start work on the Kalasa-Banduri project.

Senior MGP leader and Madkai MLA Ramakrishna ‘Sudin’ Dhavalikar said that once this notification is issued, no one can stop the Karnataka government from working on the particular project.

“Even if the Supreme Court takes up the appeal of the Goa government in July 2020 for final hearing, by then the Karnataka government would have finished lot of work on its Kalasa-Banduri project,” Dhavalikar said.

Goa Forward Party chief and former deputy chief minister Vijai Sardesai alleged that the state government has played into the hands of Karnataka. “Karnataka can now officially go ahead with Kalasa-Banduri project as promised by Union Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar to Karnataka’s Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai in the letter of December, 24, 2019,” he said.

The Progressive Front of Goa has demanded that the Chief Minister quit the post and pave the way for somebody who can take bold steps towards protecting Goa’s interest with regard to the Mhadei river.

Addressing the media at Azad Maidan in the city, convenor Hrudaynath Shirodkar, Mahesh Mhambrey and others condemned the government for presenting weak arguments when the matter came up for hearing in the apex court. 

They appealed to all the MLAs, Goans and others residing in the state to come onto the road in large numbers on March 8 by sinking all political differences and join the rally at SAG grounds in support of the Mhadei river, as it is the lifeline of Goa.