Mahanadi row: Talks between Odisha-C’garh on interim solution end

25/02/2019 at 4:17 PM

Bhubaneswar: As per the direction of the Mahanadi Water Dispute Tribunal, senior officials and technical experts of Odisha and Chhattisgarh today held discussions to find out an interim solution over the sharing of Mahanadi river water between the two States during non-monsoon months.

However, officials of both the Governments did not want to reveal what transpired in the meeting. Odisha Water Resources Secretary Pradeep Jena attended the meeting.

On February 9, the Mahanadi Water Dispute Tribunal had asked both the States to resolve the interim application moved by Odisha seeking release of 1.74 MAF water during non-monsoon months from November to May and stay on the operation of barrages in Chhattisgarh until the tribunal gives its final verdict in Mahanadi water dispute, amicably.

The next hearing will be held on March 9.

Hearing the interim plea, the three-judge bench comprising tribunal Chairperson AM Khanwilkar, Justice Ravi Ranjan and Justice Indermeet Kaur on February 9 directed that the officers and technical experts from both the States to discuss to resolve the issue.

The tribunal, however, observed that it will pronounce judgement if parties are not ready for an amicable solution.

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