Panaji, Feb 21 (IANS) Karnataka may be celebrating too early following the Supreme Court’s nod on Thursday to notification of the Mhadei Water Dispute Tribunal award, Goa BJP spokesperson Narendra Sawaikar said on Friday, even as Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said his government would seek a stay in the apex court to prevent Karnataka from obtaining permissions required for diversion of Mhadei water.
Addressing a press conference here, Sawaikar also said the BJP-led coalition government in Goa is committed to ensuring that Karnataka is not allowed to divert water from the inter-state river.
“Notification is a part of the procedure and that is why it has come up. Just because the notification has been allowed and Karnataka and some opposition leaders (in Goa) have been jumping with joy, it does not mean that Karnataka has won,” Sawaikar told mediapersons at the party’s state headquarters here.
“Till the SC does not deliver its judgement on the matter, we don’t believe the Mhadei matter has been resolved. Our say in the matter of the award is pending. Our contempt petition is also pending,” Sawaikar said.
On Thursday, the apex court allowed notification of the Mhadei Water Dispute Tribunal award given in 2018 on a request made by the Karnataka government.
Karnataka has claimed that the apex court’s nod for notification of the award is a major victory towards its efforts to divert water from the Mhadei river through the Kalasa-Banduri dam project.
The Goa government, as well as the state BJP, insists that the nod is technical in nature and the state’s appeal against the provisions of the Tribunals’ award has also been admitted in the apex court and is expected to come up for hearing in July this year.
“Notification of the award does not mean Karnataka has been permitted to divert water. Our appeal has also been admitted,” Sawaikar said.