Mahanadi Tribunal Row: SC asks Centre To Submit Report By Jan 3rd Week

KalingaTV News Network

New Delhi: In a major development to resolve the Mahanadi river water dispute between Odisha and Chhattisgarh, the Supreme Court on Monday asked the Centre to submit a detailed report regarding formation of a tribunal by the third week of January, 2018.

In the apex court, Odisha today reiterated its demand to constitute a tribunal to adjudicate the sharing of Mahanadi river water with the neighbouring state, while Chhattisgarh requested to form a Joint Control Board for the same.

The next hearing of the matter will be held in the third week of January next year.

Significantly, the Union Government, in its affidavit filed before the Supreme Court on December 6, 2017, had told that there is no need to constitute a tribunal to resolve the Mahanadi river dispute between the two states.

Meanwhile, Odisha government had filed a counter affidavit in the apex court on December 6, 2017, in response to the affidavit filed by the Centre and stated that the Centre is bound to constitute a tribunal to resolve the Mahanadi River water dispute.

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

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