Centre constitutes Mahanadi Water Disputes Tribunal

Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: The Centre today constituted the Mahanadi Water Disputes Tribunal for resolution of the longstanding dispute between Odisha and Chhattisgarh over sharing of Mahanadi water.

The tribunal was formed as per section 4 of the Inter-State River Water Disputes Act, 1956 following the Supreme Court directive on January 23, 2018, revealed a notification issued by the Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation.

Chief Justice of India has nominated Supreme Court judge Justice AM Khanwilkar as the Chairman of the tribunal and Patna High Court judge Justice Ravi Ranjan and Delhi High Court judge Justice Indermeet Kaur Kochhar as its members.

Odisha had earlier moved the Supreme Court seeking a ruling to stop the construction of barrages by Chhattisgarh on Mahanadi and restrain it from using water exceeding its share. It further had sought the formation of a tribunal to resolve the issue.

Following the apex court order, the Union Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on February 20, 2018 approved the proposal to constitute a tribunal.