Mahanadi Water Disputes Tribunal hearing to begin tomorrow

Bhubaneswar: The Mahanadi Water Disputes Tribunal constituted to resolve the Mahanadi water-sharing dispute between Odisha and Chhattisgarh will commence its hearing from tomorrow.

Before the hearing, the root petition filed by the State governments with the Central Government has been handed-over to the tribunal. Apart from this, the Odisha government has also filed an independent interim petition with the tribunal, sources informed.

In its petition, the Odisha government has highlighted the issue of illegal construction of projects and arbitrary control of water flow of Mahanadi River by Chhattisgarh.

Odisha Water Resources department secretary, Pradeep Jena said “We have filed a petition against Chhattisgarh to stop the under-construction projects and put restrictions on arbitrary controlling of water flow. We have also filed an interim case apart from the main case.”

The hearing of the tribunal is slated to be attended by the government-appointed advocates and experts, sources informed.