Mahadayi Tribunal submits final award to Centre

Mahadayi Tribunal submits final award to Centre

A view of the Mahadayi river.

The Mahadayi Water Dispute Tribunal on Tuesday submitted its final recommendation to the Ministry of Water Resources.

The tribunal was constituted to share the Mahadayi river water among Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra. The tribunal was formed in 2011 and is headed by Justice J M Panchal.

On Tuesday, the tribunal submitted its final order to the government and will give details of the award to party states by evening. The content of the final order is not yet known.

In its interim award, the tribunal had rejected Karnataka's plea to utilise 7.5 tmcft of water for drinking purposes in the twin cities of Hubballi- Dharwad, parts of Belagavi and Gadag districts.

There was a dispute between Goa and Karnataka on diverting the river water. While Karnataka was seeking to divert water for drinking purposes, Goa opposed this saying it would dry the Mandovi river, the lifeline of the coastal state.

(More details awaited)

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