Mahanadi Tribunal row: SC asks Centre for detailed report by Jan 2018
New Delhi: Expressing displeasure over Centre’s negligence in not portraying a clear picture on formation of a tribunal to resolve Mahanadi water dispute, the Supreme Court today directed the Ministry of Water Resources to file a detailed report by third week of January 2018 failing which the court would hear the case on the basis of merit.
During hearing, Chhattisgarh argued against the formation of a tribunal and favoured for a joint control board which could find a way to sort out the long standing controversy between Odisha and the neighbouring State. However, Odisha remained firm on its demand for constitution of a tribunal.
The Centre had earlier apprised the court to issue notification by November 19 for formation of tribunal. Later on December 5, it filed an affidavit in the apex court and refused to constitute a tribunal. In the affidavit, it had accused the Odisha government of not adducing required evidence in favour of its case.
The Centre had also slammed Odisha for showing non-seriousness towards negotiations while appreciating Chhattisgarh for making all out efforts to resolve the issue.