PANAJI: The Mhadei case has been scheduled for the Supreme Court’s next hearing on August 5, 2024.
Within eight weeks starting on February 8, all three riparian states Goa, Karnataka, and Maharashtra are free to submit additional written submissions, with a maximum length of ten pages.
After almost seven months, the matter was brought before the Supreme Court on February 8. The subject matter was heard for the last time on July 10, 2023.
Karnataka had indicated that they wished to submit more papers and documentation.
The court declared, “The necessary may be done within a period of three weeks from today.” The SC has requested that a nodal counsel be nominated by each of the three states in order to bookmark the convenience compilations.
The Goa government has also filed a special leave petition (SLP) challenging the Mhadei Disputes Tribunal’s award over allocation of water by three riparian States.
The matter was earlier twice listed for hearing for two consecutive days first in the last week of November and again in the first week of December last year. But it did not come up for hearing and was posted for hearing after Christmas and winter vacation.
The SLP filed by the Goa government in July 2019 was last heard in July last year. Goa government has challenged the decision of the Mhadei Water Dispute Tribunal (MWDT) granting Karnataka 13.42 tmc (thousand million cubic feet) of water for its Kalasa-Bhandura drinking water-cum-irrigation project.