Bhubaneswar: The Mahanadi Water Dispute Tribunal today reserved its verdict on the interim application of Odisha Government in which it pleaded for 1.74 million acre-foot water during non-monsoon.
The tribunal would pronounce judgement on March 9. However, it also gave option to both the Odisha and Chhattisgarh Governments to find an amicable solution.
After disposal of the interim petition, the three-judge bench tribunal will hear the main application.
On March 12, 2018, the Centre had constituted the Mahanadi Water Disputes Tribunal according to the provisions of the Inter-State River Water Dispute Act, 1956 following the directive of the Supreme Court on January 23.
On April 17, the Centre had shared the terms of reference (ToR) with its chairman and Supreme Court judge Justice AM Khanwilkar. The tribunal has two other members– Justice Ravi Ranjan, Judge of the Patna high court and Justice Indermeet Kaur Kochhar, Judge of the Delhi high court.
Odisha Government had moved the Supreme Court challenging the unilateral construction of barrages by Chhattisgarh Government in Mahanadi. After the apex court’s direction, the Centre constituted the tribunal.