KERI: The joint monitoring team, formed following the directives of the Supreme Court (SC) in the Mhadei water diversion matter, will hold a second meeting this week to finalise its report.
Amidst much chaos and bullying of Goa WRD officials by Karnataka police, the joint monitoring team had visited the Kalasa project site at Kankumbi in Karnataka on Friday.
Later, the team comprising one superintending engineering from each state — Krishnoji Rao of Karnataka, Vijaykumar Thorat of Maharashtra and M K Prasad from Goa — held a meeting at the PWD Inspection Bungalow to compile the report.
However, without intimation, Karnataka organised a presentation by a hydrologist to influence the joint monitoring team that Karnataka had not diverted Kalasa waters into the Malaprabha basin, for which Goa has filed a contempt petition in the apex court.
This presentation and other pressure tactics led to delay in the work of finalising the report.
Discussions continued till late Friday evening and hence it was decided to meet again in the coming week to finalise the report of the team’s findings.
As per the SC directives in Goa’s contempt petition, the team was mandated to visit the Kalasa site and to report if Goa’s allegations are true that Karnataka had diverted the Kalasa water into the Malaprabha in defiance of the apex court’s order.
The team was directed on February 21 to submit the report within four weeks. However, it is expected that the team will be submitting the report to the SC before the next hearing in the Mhadei matter that has been scheduled on April 5.
Goa had filed an interim application in March 2020 seeking directions to restrain Karnataka and Maharashtra from carrying out any activity in implementation of the award on sharing of Mhadei’s water’s passed by the Mhadei Water Disputes Tribunal on August 14, 2018.