Bhubaneswar, 17/11/2017 ( Odisha Samachar / Abhisek Mohanty ) : Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for immediate issuance of a notification for constituting a Tribunal for early initiation of the process of adjudication of the Mahanadi water dispute between Odisha and Chhattisgarh Governments.
In his letter the CM said, “I would once again draw your kind attention to the provision of Section 4(1) the State River Water Disputes (ISRWD) Act, 1956, which 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 the Tribunal before 19.11.2017 as my Government had filed the statutory complaint on 19.11.2016.”
“In my letter dated 7th November, 2017, it was also brought to your kind notice that the Additional Solicitor General appearing for the Union of India in Original Suit No.1 (filed by the state of Odisha) had appraised Hon’ble Supreme Court on 02.05.2017 that the Union Ministry of Water Resources has prepared a note for the decision of the Cabinet on constitution of the Tribunal. The same submission was made by the Union Government on the last date of hearing of the said Suit held on 09.10.2017 before the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India. The Hon’ble Supreme Court had ordered “On instructions received from Mr. Virendra Sharma, Joint Commissioner, Ministry of Water Resources,
Government of India, Mr. S. Wasim A. Qadri, learned counsel appearing for the Defendant-Union of India, states that a decision will be taken for issuing the notification by 19.11.2017.” I would like to emphasise here that the timeline of one year for constitution of the Tribunal for adjucating the Mahanadi water dispute under Section 4(1) of the ISRWD Act, 1956 is getting over on 18th November 2017. However, the Union Government has not yet constituted the Tribunal despite my repeated requests over last one year”, the CM added.