Mahanadi Tribunal asks Odisha, Chhattisgarh to hold talks again

New Delhi: The Mahanadi Water Dispute Tribunal today once again advised Odisha and Chhattisgarh to hold another round of talks and find out an amicable solution of the long standing dispute on sharing of river water. The Tribunal posted the matter for hearing on March 30.

A 3-member bench of Tribunal chairperson Justice A.M. Khanwilkar, Justice Ravi Ranjan and Justice Indermit Kaur directed the advocate generals of both states to resolve the issue and submit a report before March 30.

The Tribunal had directed both the states on February 9 to settle the issue through talks. Accordingly, to officials from Odisha and Chhattisgarh had held discussion on February 25 over the Mahanadi river water on the Supreme Court premises.

The Centre had constituted the three-member tribunal in March 2018 under section-4 of the Inter-State River Water Disputes Act, 1956 following a directive of the Supreme Court on January 23, 2018. The State Government had moved the Supreme Court in 2016 seeking a direction to Chhattisgarh Government to stop all construction of barrages and dams on the upper stream of the Mahanadi river.

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