PANAJI: The three-decade-old dispute between Goa and over sharing ended on Tuesday with major relief to Goa as the rejected Karnataka‘s demand for 36.5tmc (thousand million cubic) feet of water and allotted only 13.4tmc, including 3.9tmc ft for drinking purposes through diversions against its demand for 7.5tmc ft.

But the tribunal also made it clear that the diversion of water would be permitted only during the months – from June 1 to October 31. “Even if some inflows are observed into the reservoir(s) during the non-monsoon period, no diversion is permitted out of the inflow during the non-monsoon period starting from November 1 to May 31,” the tribunal headed by Justice J M Panchal observed.

In the absence of scientific data put forth by the riparian states for claiming water, the tribunal allowed Goa to use 24tmc ft for 59 identified projects, in addition to the current utilisation of 9.39tmc ft. Maharashtra was allotted 1.33tmc ft of water.

The tribunal said the claim of future requirement of water by states, including Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra, was not justified and it was not based on adequate data, scientific research and studies.

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