High litigation fees may result in Goa accepting the Karnataka government's suggestion to resolve the Mhadei inter-state water dispute through tri-partite dialogue, rather than slugging it out in a central government-appointed tribunal, Water Resources Minister Vinod Palienkar said on Thursday.
Speaking to reporters here, Palienkar said that there was no harm in attending the tri-partite meeting requested for by Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday.
"The litigation fees (in the inter-state water dispute tribunal) are very high. Because of the fees, we are considering the Karnataka Chief Minister's offer of talks," Palienkar said.
"What is the harm in having a discussion," Palienkar said, adding that he would speak to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar about the issue.
While the river traverses 28.8 km in Karnataka, it is 81.2 km in length in Goa.
Siddaramaiah had written to Parrikar on Wednesday asking him to agree to a joint meeting with their Maharashtra counterpart in order to find an 'out of court' and amicable resolution to the Mhadei water dispute issue.
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