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Goa to file contempt petition against Karnataka in Mahadayi matter, CM points out how Cong compromised on river issue

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Panaji: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Monday said that the state government will be file a contempt petition before the Supreme Court within two days against Karnataka for diverting the water of Mahadayi river when petition is filed before the Apex Court.

Sawant said that the Karnataka has diverted the water of Mahadayi despite Special Leave Petition filed by Goa along with other states is pending before the Supreme Court.

The chief minister was addressing a press conference after political parties including Congress, Goa Forward Party and an Independent MLA Rohan Khaunte accused him of failing to protect interests of the state on Mahadayi issue.

“In next two days, we will be filing contempt petition against Karnataka before Supreme Court with all the proofs including video evidences to prove that the neighbouring state has diverted the water,” he said.

Goa and Karnataka are in a dispute over diversion of Mahadayi river water. Inter State Water Dispute Tribunal had given its award on distribution of Mahadayi river water between Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra. The Award has been challenged by all the three states before Supreme Court.

Sawant said that he has been continuously following up the matter with the Central Water Resources Ministry, which has assured that they will not give any permission to Karnataka to go ahead with the projects on the river without taking Goa into confidence.

The Chief Minister criticized Congress party for trying to earn political mileage over the water dispute. He claimed that Congress government during their tenure in Goa had compromised the interest of water over the water dispute.

Sawant said that then Congress government had dropped two of the crucial paragraphs from the complaint filed with the centre against Karnataka over Mahadayi river diversion.

“There was a communication in November 2006 between Union Water Resources Ministry and Goa government. Then chief minister of the Congress party consented in writing to deleting two paragraphs. Because of this the crucial issue of diversion of water from Mahadayi basin to Malaprabha basin was deleted from the original complaint,” Sawant said.

Similarly, as regards to Maharashtra, then Goa Chief minister during a meeting with Maharashtra counterpart in April 2006, mutually agreed to take up the dam on Virdi nallah (tributary of Mahadayi) as a joint venture between both the states, he added referring to the diversion of water by the neighbouring state.


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