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Centre issues gazette notification over Mahadayi water dispute

Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra have been at loggerheads over the distribution of the river water for over decades now. Originating in Karnataka, the Mahadayi river flows through Goa and some parts of Maharashtra

Centre issues gazette notification over Mahadayi water dispute
Bengaluru, First Published Feb 28, 2020, 12:38 PM IST
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Bengaluru: The Centre has issued a gazette notification on the dispute over Mahadayi river water-sharing between the three states namely Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra.

Through the notification, it sought to implement the decision given by the Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal in August 2018. Through this, Karnataka has been permitted to divert water at the proposed Bhandura and Kalasa dam, subject to a few directions.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra has been permitted to utilise 37.73 MCUM (1.33 tmc) of Mahadayi water which shall be inclusive of all consumptive uses that include reservoir and other losses.

The notification was issued on Thursday and the Centre clarified that it shall constitute Mahadayi Water Management Authority to implement the report and to take the final decision of Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal with functions and compositions etc. It also added that the final decision may be challenged by the three states in front of a competent authority or tribunal till August 31, 2048.

Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra have been in a state of war concerning the river water sharing. The conflicting interests of the three states on the issue of sharing Mahadayi river water has been a cause of concern.

While the river originates in Karnataka, a major part of it flows in Goa and passes through some areas in Maharashtra as well.

The Karnataka government has sought the release of 7.56 thousand million cubic (TMC) feet water from the Mahadayi River for its Kalasa-Banduri Nala project.

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