Top court directs setting up of tribunal; for Mahanadi water sharing between Odisha & Cgarh

central government submitted that there is an obligatory legal binding on Odisha

Top court directs setting up of tribunal; for Mahanadi water sharing between Odisha & Cgarh

The ongoing contention between Chhattisgarh and Odisha on the issue of Mahanadi river water sharing appeared for a resolution.

This after the Supreme Court directed the Central government to constitute a tribunal within a month to resolve Mahanadi water sharing dispute between states.

A bench of Justices SA Bobde and L Nageswara Rao rejected the arguments of the Central government that there was no need for an exclusive tribunal to resolve the dispute.

During the hearing on the day, the apex court heard the plea of Odisha Government for constitution of a tribunal to resolve the inter-State Mahanadi river water sharing dispute with Chhattisgarh.

The central government submitted that there is an obligatory legal binding on Odisha for constituting the Joint Control Board (JCB) and Chhattisgarh also took the same stance.

However, the Odisha state argued against it saying the board does not have any dispute resolution mechanism.

After hearing all the stakeholders, the SC directed Central government to constitute the tribunal subject to the withdrawal of the suit by Odisha.

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