Bhubaneswar, Feb 10 (Localwire) : The Mahanadi Water Disputes Tribunal on Saturday directed Odisha and Chhattisgarh governments to amicably resolve the water sharing row and posted the final verdict pronouncement on March 9.
The Tribunal completed its hearing on the interim application, in which Odisha had pleaded for 1.74 million acre-foot water during the non-monsoon months
The three-member bench of Justice A.M. Khanwilkar (Chairperson of the Tribunal), Justice Ravi Ranjan and Justice Indermit Kaur, while hearing the interim application of the Odisha government, directed both the states to file a written submission in two weeks at New Delhi.
The bench made it clear that if the two states are not willing for an amicable solution to the issue, it will pronounce its final judgement in the next hearing on March 9.
The Odisha government, in its interim application to the Tribunal, had demanded the release of 1.74 million acre-feet water by Chhattisgarh during the non-monsoon season.
The state government, through an affidavit, had contended that as per the tripartite agreement on Mahanadi water sharing between Odisha, Chhattisgarh and the Centre, Chhattisgarh should release 1.74 million acre-feet of water to Odisha during the non-monsoon season. But till January 1, 2019, the neighbouring state had blocked 2.76 million acre-feet by the six barrages it has built on the upstream of Mahanadi.
On December 15, the Tribunal had asked Odisha government to submit an affidavit citing detailed information on the rainwater flow in Mahanadi over the last 20 years.
In compliance with the direction, Odisha government submitted an additional affidavit on January 11 highlighting the impact in the State during monsoon and non-monsoon period due to the construction of barrages on the upper catchment areas of Mahanadi by Chhattisgarh.