Mahanadi Tribunal hearing: Ch’garh, Maha seek 8 weeks to respond

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Bhubaneswar: The Mahanadi River Water Dispute Tribunal today conducted the maiden hearing in the long standing dispute between Odisha and Chhattisgarh over the sharing of Mahanadi water.

During the hearing, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra governments sought eight weeks time to present their stands on the interim petition filed by the Odisha government.

Acting on the pleas, a three-member bench gave six weeks time to the Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra governments to file their statement of claims. The bench posted the hearing to December 15.

The bench comprising Supreme Court Justice AM Khanwilkar, Delhi High Court former Judge Indermeet Kaur and Patna High Court Judge Ravi Ranjan also took up the original petition filed by the Odisha government and fixed the hearing on January 12.

The bench asked all respondent states to file their counters by November 24. The Odisha government will have to file rejoinder before December 14.

Notably, the Centre had constituted the Mahanadi Water Dispute Tribunal on March 12 following the Supreme Court’s January 23 order on a suit filed by Odisha government.

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