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SC defers hearing to Oct 9 on Mahanadi dispute as Centre seeks more time

Naveen Patnaik

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today deferred the hearing on the petition by Odisha for formation of a tribunal to October 9 as the Centre sought four more weeks to present data on formation of a special tribunal to adjudicate the case.

The Centre had earlier sought time twice from the apex court for preparation of draft for the tribunal.

A two-judge bench comprising Justice S A Bobde and Justice L. Nageswara Rao was scheduled to hear the case on the inter-state water dispute between Odisha and Chhattisgarh.

Notably, the Odisha government had written to the Centre for constitution of an inter-state tribunal under section 3 of the Interstate River Water Disputes Act, 1956 (IRWD Act) to resolve the Mahanadi water sharing dispute between Chhattisgarh and Odisha.

Odisha had also sought the Apex court’s intervention to direct the neighbouring State to stop project works in the upstream of Mahanadi and direct the Centre to form a tribunal to adjudicate the matter.

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