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Mahanadi water row: CM urges PM to expedite tribunal

Naveen Patnaik

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to expedite the issuance of the proposed notification for constitution of a tribunal to resolve the Mahanadi river water sharing dispute between Odisha and Chhattisgarh.

In a letter to the Prime Minister on Tuesday, Patnaik has pointed out that the Odisha Government has filed a statutory complaint dated November 19, 2016 under Section 3 of the Inter State River Water Disputes (ISRWD) Act of 1956 seeking constitution of a tribunal for adjudication of the water disputes in respect of the Mahanadi and its basin between the neighboring States of Odisha and Chhattisgarh.

Patnaik also said in the letter that the Central Government is supposed to constitute a tribunal before November 19, 2017 as per Section 4 (A) of the Act which mandates that if the Central Government is of the opinion that the water dispute cannot be settled by negotiations, the Central Government shall within a period not exceeding one year from the date of receipt of such request by notification in the Official Gazette, constitute a water disputes tribunal for adjudication of the issue.

He further said that the Additional Solicitor General appearing for the Centre has apprised the Supreme Court that the Union Ministry of Water Resources has prepared a note for a decision by the Union Cabinet on constitution of a tribunal.

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