Mahanadi Water Disputes Tribunal To Pronounce Verdict Today

New Delhi: The Mahanadi Water Disputes Tribunal will pronounce the verdict in Mahanadi river water dispute case between Odisha and Chhattisgarh today.

Through an affidavit, the Odisha Government had contended that as per the tripartite agreement on Mahanadi water-sharing between Odisha, Chhattisgarh and the Centre, Chhattisgarh should release 1.74 million acre-feet of water to Odisha during the non-monsoon season. However, the neighbouring state had blocked 2.76 million acre-feet through six barrages it has built on the Mahanadi’s upstream.

The state government demanded the release of 1.74 million acre-feet of water by Chhattisgarh during the non-monsoon season. Besides, it has also urged the tribunal to stop Chhattisgarh from constructing more barrages over Mahanadi.

On February 9, the Tribunal had directed the Odisha and Chhattisgarh governments to amicably resolve the water-sharing row. While hearing the interim application of the Odisha government, the three-member bench of Tribunal chairperson Justice A.M. Khanwilkar, Justice Ravi Ranjan and Justice Indermit Kaur had directed both states to file a written submission in two weeks.

As the two states could not arrive at an amicable solution to the water-sharing problem, the court will pronounce the final judgement in the hearing today.

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