The Supreme Court has directed the joint monitoring committee of superintending engineers of the states of Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra to find the factual position on diversion of waters of the Mahadayi river.
The apex court which yesterday heard the special leave petitions of the states on the tribunal award on the river sharing dispute between Karnataka and Goa said that it would hear the petitions for a final order in April this year.
In a Press statement in Bengaluru, Karnataka Water Resources Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi said that the monitoring committee should visit the river sites and submit a report before the next hearing.
All three SLPs filed by the States of Maharastra, Karnataka and Goa were listed before the Supreme Court today. Apart from the SLPs, the Contempt Petition 724/2020 filed by the State of Goa also listed yesterday. Mr Prabhuling K Navadgi, Advocate General, Mr Mohan V Katarki, Sr. Advocate and other counsel appeared for the State of Karnataka. The Counsel for the State of Goa pressed for the hearing of the Contempt petition alleging that the State of Karnataka has diverted the water to Malaprabha river and water is not flowing to the territory of Goa, which allegation is strongly opposed by the Ld.AG for Karnataka. The Supreme Court did not issue a notice in the Contempt Petition but directed the three State Governments to nominate one SE to conduct a joint inspection and report to the Hon'ble Supreme Court.
The SLPs will be listed for a final hearing in April 2021 before which all party States shall file their written submissions in one compilation book.
The advocate appearing for the state of Goa pressed a contempt petition and alleged that there has been a breach of the order dated 02/03/2020 passed in the special leave petition 19312/2019 as water is prevented from flowing to Goa by removing the vaults erected pursuant to the orders of the MWDT. In order to ascertain the factual position the Hon’ble Supreme Court directed the joint monitoring committee appointed by the MWDT to implement the order dated 17.04.2014 passed by MWDT to conduct a joint inspection to ascertain whether there is a diversion of water by removing the vaults.
Therefore action will have to be now taken to convene the meeting of the joint monitoring committee of the three superintending engineers of the State of Karnataka, the State of Goa and the State of Maharashtra constituted by the honourable tribunal to implement the order dated 17th April 2014. The said joint monitoring committee is directed to inspect the place and file a report. The case is now ordered to be called in April 2020.