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Saswat Singhdeo

Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: Ahead of the Mahanadi Water Disputes Tribunal hearing, a meeting between the advocates of Odisha and Chhattisgarh was held today at Odisha Bhawan in New Delhi.

As per reports, Advocate General, Ashok Parija and other members of panel representing Odisha held discussions with their Chhattisgarh counterparts. According to sources, the Tribunal will be informed about the outcome of meeting tomorrow.

Meanwhile, the Tribunal has kept the verdict reserved after hearing an interim application filed by Odisha. The Odisha government had sought a stay on construction and operation of barrages being built by Chhattisgarh government on Mahanadi river and had demanded release of 1.74 million acre-feet of water during the non-monsoon season.

The Tribunal headed by Justice AM Khanwilkar held a hearing on the interim application in May this year. It then had asked both the States to conduct joint visits to assess water inflow in upper catchments of Mahanadi River. The tribunal had directed so to determine the water inflow in the river downstream.

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