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Mahanadi row: Talks between Odisha-C’garh on interim solution end, next hearing on March 9

Bhubaneswar: Senior officials and technical experts of Odisha and Chhattisgarh on Monday held discussions to find out an interim solution over the sharing of Mahanadi River water between the two States during non-monsoon months.

However, officials of both the Governments did not want to reveal what transpired in the meeting. The meeting continued for three hours on the premises of the Supreme Court. State Water Resources Secretary Pradeep Jena attended the meeting.

On February 9, the Mahanadi Water Dispute Tribunal had asked both the States to resolve the interim application moved by Odisha amicably. The next hearing will be held on March 9.

According to sources, the discussion was held on the river- water sharing during the non-monsoon months. Odisha has been seeking release of 1.74 million acre feet (MAF) water in the non-monsoon months from November to May.

The State Government moved an interim petition before the tribunal for release of 1.74 MAF water and stay on the operation of barrages in Chhattisgarh until the tribunal gives its final verdict in Mahanadi water dispute.

Accordingly, a three-judge bench comprising tribunal Chairperson AM Khanwilkar, Justice Ravi Ranjan and Justice Indermeet Kaur on February 9 concluded the hearing and directed that the officers and technical experts from both the States to discuss to resolve the issue.

The tribunal, however, observed that it will pronounce judgement if parties are not ready for amicable solution.

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