Naveen writes to PM Modi over Mahanadi Tribunal

Bhubaneswar: Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday shot off another letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for expediting issuance of a notification on Mahanadi Tribunal formation. 

Naveen has strongly urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to expedite the issuance of notification for constitution of the much-sought-after Tribunal for resolving the ongoing Mahanadi water dispute with neighbouring Chhattisgarh.

In his letter to the PM, Naveen stated,'The delay in constituting the Tribunal has been taken advantage of by the State of Chhattisgarh in going ahead with the construction works of six barrages on the main Mahanadi River, which is likely to prejudicially affect the interests of Odisha and its inhabitants, particularly during the monsoon period.'

Bringing again to the kind attention of the PM, the Odisha CM mentioned, 'My Government had filed a statutory complaint dated 19.11.2016 under Sec 3 of the Inter State River Water Disputes (ISRWD) Act of 1956. I had earlier requested your personal goodself vide my D.O. letter dated 28.01.2017 to initiate the constitution of a tribunal.'

'The provision of Sec 4(1) of the Act of 1956 as amended in 2002 mandates that if the Central Government is of the opinion that the water dispute cannot be settled by negotiations. The Central Government shall within a period not exceeding one year from the date of receipt of such request by notification in the Official Gazette, constitute a water disputes Tribunal for adjudication of the water dispute. Therefore, the Central Government is supposed to constitute a Tribunal before 19.11.2017,' the Odisha CM has contended in his letter.

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