New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants that Odisha and Chhattisgarh should hold another discussion on the Mahanadi River water dispute to resolve the issue through negotiations before setting up of a tribunal to adjudicate the dispute, said Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan at a function in New Delhi on Saturday.
The Prime Minister has asked the Union Water Resources Minister to arrange Chief Minister-level talks soon between the two warring States.
“In case the Chief Minister-level talks fail, a tribunal would be formed mandatorily as per law,” Pradhan added.
However, resolving an inter-State water dispute by a tribunal is a time-consuming process and disputes have continued for years without any solution, he said.
Pradhan informed that a new Bill would be tabled in the current Winter Session of Parliament under which a tribunal would be constituted to address all the inter-State water disputes.
Earlier, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Chhattisgarh Chief Raman Singh had met in New Delhi over the Mahanadi issue, but the meeting ended without any results.