30 March 2019
Bhubaneswar: Allowing Odisha and Chhattisgarh yet another final chance, Mahanadi Water Disputes Tribunal today asked both the State Governments to hold further discussions for an amicable solution and has posted the next date of hearing of the river water sharing dispute case to May 11.
Hearing an interim petition of Odisha Government today, the Tribunal directed both the parties to exchange further dialogues so that an amicable solution is found out.
The Mahanadi Tribunal on March 9 also gave both the States to hold rounds of discussions before March 30 for an amicable solution to the ongoing river water dispute.
It is notable to mention here that on February 9, the Tribunal had directed the Odisha and Chhattisgarh Governments to amicably resolve the water-sharing row.
Even though both the Governments had held talks on March 5, no conclusion had been reached.
Earlier on March 9, the tribunal had directed both the State Governments to resolve the water sharing dispute amicably deferring its verdict to March 30.
A three-member bench of the Tribunal had directed Advocate Generals (AGs) of both the States to resolve the issue and submit a report in two weeks then.
According to reports, Odisha has demanded the release of 1.74 million acre-feet of water by Chhattisgarh during the non-monsoon season. It has also urged the Tribunal to stop Chhattisgarh from constructing barrages over Mahanadi.