Goa urges SC for ‘physical hearing’ of Mhadei case




Water Resources Minister Philip Neri Rodrigues on Saturday said the state has urged the Supreme Court to conduct ‘physical (courtroom) hearing’ of its contempt petition filed over the Mhadei water dispute.

Speaking to media persons, Rodrigues said, “We are still waiting for the Supreme Court to hear the contempt petition filed by us against Karnataka, which has gone ahead with the water diversion project despite the pendency of the case before the apex court.”

He said the state has pleaded that the apex court should conduct ‘physical hearing’ of the case.

“First of all, the apex court will decide on our application for ‘physical hearing’ before taking up the contempt petition,” the minister explained.

The state government filed the contempt petition on October 6, 2020 against Karnataka for illegally diverting the Mhadei water into the Malaprabha basin.

Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra filed special leave petitions before the apex court challenging the order of the Inter-State Water Dispute Tribunal, which decided on the share of the water.

The SLP filed in July last year challenged the Mahadayi (Mhadei) Water Dispute Award of 2018, which allowed Karnataka to divert 13.42 tmc feet of water from the river basin.