Karnataka opposes Goa’s plea seeking extension of MWDT term

Bengaluru: The State government on Thursday strongly opposed Goa’s plea to extend the term of the Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal (MWDT). The government’s decision was unanimously supported by the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party and the Janata Dal (Secular).

A decision on opposing it was taken at an all-party leaders’ meeting convened by the government. Opposition leaders of both Houses of the legislature, Jagadish Shettar, K.S. Eshwarappa, and JD(S) leader Kona Reddy were present at the meeting.

The MWDT was slated to commence final hearing on the issue on February 6. “But no arguments took place, as the Goa government sought extension of tribunal’s term,” said Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. The government has demanded immediate release of 7.56 tmcft of Mahadayi river waters to meet drinking water needs of north Karnataka.

Saying that the extension would delay the matter further, and Karnataka cannot afford further extension considering the drinking water situation in northern part of Karnataka, Siddaramaiah said, ruling and opposition parties were unanimous in this decision on opposing the Goa plea.

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