SC passes interim order on Mahadayi tribunal’s award

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News: The Supreme Court in its interim order allowed the plea of the Karnataka government for implementation of the final award by a tribunal for sharing of water between Goa, Karnataka, and Maharashtra from the Mahadayi river.

Facts:

Background: 

  • The tribunal had allocated 13.42 TMC water from the Mahadayi river basin to Karnataka. Maharashtra was allotted 1.33 TMC water while Goa was given 24 TMC.
  • The Karnataka government had petitioned the tribunal seeking the release of 7.56 TMC of water for the Kalasa-Banduri Nala project.

Mahadayi River:

  • Mahadayi or Mhadei is the west-flowing river. It rises in the Western Ghats from the Bhimgad Wildlife Sanctuary in Khanapur taluk of Karnataka’s Belagavi district. 
  • A number of streams join the flow of the river which drains into the Arabian Sea at Panaji.

About Kalasa-Banduri Project:

  • The Kalasa-Banduri Nala is a project undertaken by the Government of Karnataka to improve drinking water supply to the Districts of Belagavi, Dharwad and Gadag.