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No need to constitute Tribunal for Mahanadi: Centre to SC

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New Delhi: In a big jolt to Odisha, the Union Government on Wednesday, in its affidavit filed before the Supreme Court here, said that there is no need to constitute a tribunal to adjudicate the Mahanadi river water dispute between Odisha and Chhattisgarh.

Among other things, the Centre has stated that the Government of Odisha has not submitted necessary information in this connection.

“It is submitted that no irreparable loss or irreversible injury has been caused by the State of Chhattisgarh to Plantiff State (Odisha) in respect of Mahanadi River. The Plaintiff has failed to adduce any evidence that rights of plaintiff on River Mahanadi have been adversely affected,” said the affidavit.

Odisha has been alleging that the Chhattisgarh government was violating a 1983 treaty on Mahanadi waters by constructing unauthorised dams and barrages.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had taken up the issue of construction of barrages upstream by Chhattisgarh at various plat forms including at a trilateral meeting convened by Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti on September 17, 2016.