Panaji :: March 07, 2020 …The Office of the Chief Minister(CMO) today informed that the Supreme Court has observed that the interim order dated April 17, 2014 of Mhadei Tribunal is in force and therefore Karnataka cannot carry out any work without complying with the condition mentioned in the award dated October 18, 2018. With this clarification the Supreme Court has said that the apprehension of Goa Government on the basis newspaper reports that Karnataka will carry out work does not survive and so the application of Goa Government is not required.
The CMO has further informed that with this clarification of Supreme Court, the apprehension of people of Goa that Karnataka will carry out construction or diversion of water is taken care of. Therefore, the interest of people of Goa and Mhadei is protected. We will therefore have to wait for the final verdict of the Supreme Court in August 2020 and for the decision of Mhadei Tribunal in application for clarification/modification. Incase, Karnataka attempts to carry out illegal construction or diversion of water, the Government of Goa shall file contempt petition before the Supreme Court of India.