New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: The Mahanadi water dispute tribunal today directed the concerned officials of Odisha and Chhattisgarh to hold discussions with each other before March 30. The next hearing on the matter has been posted for the same date.
The tribunal had on February 9 directed both the states to amicably resolve the issue through talks. The three-member bench of the tribunal comprising Justice AM Khanwilkar, Justice Ravi Ranjan and Justice Indermeet Kaur, while hearing the interim application of the Odisha Government, had made it clear that if the two states failed to arrive at an amicable solution, it will pronounce its judgment on March 9 (today).
However, the tribunal has today given yet another chance to the two states for holding talks.
The Odisha Government, through an affidavit, had contended that as per the tripartite agreement on Mahanadi water sharing between Odisha, Chhattisgarh and the Centre, the neighbouring state should release 1.74 million acre-feet water to Odisha during the non-monsoon season.