By Odisha Story Bureau, Bhubaneswar:
Government of India finally formed a three-member Mahanadi Water Disputes Tribunal today to solve the ongoing water dispute between Odisha and Chhattisgarh.
Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation issued a notification in this regard which said the tribunal will be formed under Inter-State River Water Disputes (ISRWD) Act, 1956.
The Notification reads,
In exercise of the power conferred by section 4 of the Inter-State River Water Disputes (ISRWD) Act, 1956, the Central Government hereby constitutes a Water Dispute Tribunal called ‘The Mahanadi Water Disputes Tribunal’, with headquarters at New Delhi for the adjudication of the dispute between Odisha and Chhattisgarh.
SC Judge Justice AM Khanwilkar will head the tribunal as the Chairperson while Patna HC Judge Justice Ravi Rajan and Delhi HC Judge Justice Indermeet Kaur Kochhar are the other two members of the tribunal. All of them been nominated by the Chief Justice of India (CJI)
With the formation of the Tribunal, it is expected that the long-pending dispute between Odisha and Chhattisgarh over Mahanadi river will come to a final settlement.