Centre To Issue Notification For Mahanadi Tribunal By November 19

Bhubaneswar: Taking cognisance of Odisha’s demand, the Centre today apprised the Supreme Court that it will issue notification for formation of a special tribunal by November 19 to resolve the Mahanadi water dispute between Odisha and Chhattisgarh.

Earlier, on July 25, the Centre and both the states presented their sides in the court. The Centre had submitted affidavit stating that draft for the tribunal has been prepared. However, it failed to produce required data in the court following which the court had deferred the hearing.

Odisha had moved the Apex court alleging construction of projects and barrages in the upper catchment of Mahanadi which could pose socio-economic and ecological hazards to the State and sought its intervention over formation of a special tribunal.

The Supreme Court on August 28 deferred the hearing on the petition by Odisha for the formation of a tribunal to October 9 as the Centre sought four more weeks to present data on the formation of a special tribunal to adjudicate the case.

The date of hearing on the petition moved by Odisha Government earlier had been deferred to October 9 as the Central Government had earlier sought four-week time to depose and present data in connection with Odisha’s special tribunal demand.

After writing to the Centre previously, Odisha had also moved the apex court seeking a stay on ongoing construction of river projects on Mahanadi upstream by adjoining Chhattisgarh.

Odisha Government had earlier petitioned the Central Government for formation of an Inter-State Tribunal under Section 3 of the Interstate River Water Disputes Act, 1956 (IRWD Act).

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