Mahanadi Dispute: Centre hands over ToR to tribunal chairman

BHUBANESWAR: The Centre on Tuesday shared the phrases of reference (ToR) of the Mahanadi Water Dispute Tribunal (MWDT) with its chairman and Supreme Court pass judgement on Justice A M Khanwilkar.
Union water assets secretary UP Singh passed over the ToR to the tribunal chairman in New Delhi.

According to an legit remark, the tribunal chairperson was briefed by means of the Union secretary in regards to the profile of Mahanadi, construction of water useful resource initiatives by means of various states and dispute in sharing of its waters.

The Union secretary also knowledgeable that the Central government is taking all important steps for early functioning of the tribunal and sought his guidance on the road-map for resolving the Mahanadi dispute between Odisha and Chhattisgarh.

The Centre constituted the Mahanadi water disputes tribunal on March 12 consistent with the provisions of the Inter State River Water Dispute Act, 1956. The apex court docket had ordered the Centre to constitute the tribunal on January 23.

Besides, Justice Khanwilkar as its chairperson, the tribunal has two other members-- Justice Ravi Ranjan, Judge of the Patna prime court docket and Justice Indermeet Kaur Kochhar, Judge of the Delhi prime court docket.

State water assets minister Niranjan Pujari mentioned because the Centre has already passed over the ToR to the tribunal chairperson, the state government is hopeful to get admission to it quickly. “We will read about the ToR and opt for legal consultation. Thereafter, we will be able to report our petition before the tribunal at the right time,” Pujari told TOI.

Sources within the state water assets department mentioned the method of drafting the petition has already been initiated. “We would high-quality song it based on the ToR,” mentioned an officer.

The state government has lately slammed the Centre for delaying the method of Mahanadi tribunal by means of not sharing the ToR with the state government. During a contemporary discussion within the state assembly, participants of the ruling BJD got here down heavily on the lengthen techniques of the Centre and accused it of doing it deliberately to assist BJP-ruled Chhattisgarh in view of the assembly elections due later this yr.

The non-monsoon flow of Mahanadi all through November, 2017 to January 2018 was lowered by means of round 40 per cent as in comparison to the non-monsoon flow all through 2005-06 to 2015-16, mentioned an legit supply.

Food provides minister Surya Narayan Patro, who represented Odisha within the regional convention convened by means of the Union water assets ministry in Kolkata on Monday, also raised the problem of lengthen in tribunal procedure.

The state government had submitted criticism before the Centre looking for a tribunal to get to the bottom of the water dispute underneath Section 3 of the ISRWD Act, 1956 on November 19, 2016. The Centre had not constituted the tribunal despite the provisions to form it inside of a yr of receiving the criticism.
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