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Despite a direction from the tribunal not to divert water from the Mhadei basin under the Kalsa Bhandura project till the dispute between Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra is resolved, Karnataka has resumed work in full swing at Kankumbi.   

Mhadei tribunal allows Goa its say on damage to ecology


SAKHALI: The Mhadei Water Disputes Tribunal Wednesday passed an order allowing Goa to have its say on the damage that will be caused to its ecology due to the diversion of water from the Mhadei river basin.

The tribunal passed the order when the matter came up for hearing in New Delhi thus allowing Goa to amend its statement of claim despite objections from Karnataka. Karnataka had raised objections for allowing Goa to amend the statement of claim and had said that the disputes raised travel beyond the scope of the power of the tribunal.

Goa’s amended statement of claim will now include how the diversion of water from the Mhadei river basin will affect the wildlife and ecology of Goa and also the fishing industry in the state. The amended statement of claim will also include the length of the river in Goa as 76 km. It was earlier mentioned as 57 km.

Goa’s application to raise objections has also been taken on record permitting the state to object to the Central Water Commission (CWC) report on which Karnataka is relying heavily.

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