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6 states to tell SC they abide by Godavari water award

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The on Thursday asked Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Odisha, Karnataka, and to file affidavits stating they are bound by the 1980 Water Tribunal Award in terms of the Interstate River Water Disputes Act, 1956.

The court's direction came as it heard a case on the multi-purpose irrigation project Indira Sagar Dam, also known as Polavaram Dam, which is being carried out in pursuance to the award.

The bench of Justice and Justice issued direction to the Chief Secretaries as it observed that a of the issue was "difficult".

It also asked the to file an affidavit reaffirming the position that under the 1956 Act, all were bound to accept the Justice Bachawat Water Tribunal Award.

Seeking the affidavits, Justice Lokur said in that case, they were only left with the interpretation whether the dam under construction was conforming to the award.

"If you want to have a meeting (of Chief Ministers), you have it. If you don't want to have a meeting, you don't have it," he said, observing that "from the instructions (to the counsel) it is obvious that no solution is possible".

The court's observation came as it pursued a letter written by Chief Minister to on November 28, 2017, urging him not to allow the construction of the until all the issues being adjudicated by the top court are settled.

Patnaik, in his letter, had expressed concern over the saying it was being pushed without addressing his state's legitimate concerns and at the cost of sacrificing its interest.

In the last hearing of the matter on December 12, 2017, the court was told that discussions were going on between the Chief Ministers concerned to try and resolve the issues that are before the court.

Referring to an application filed by the government, Justice Lokur said: "It is effectively stopping the project."

told the court that the should be as per the award as any deviation would result in submergence of the tribal villages in Malkangiri district of the state.

On the other hand, is pressing for the project saying that it was essential for its irrigation needs.

However, the court said that the proceedings before it would not preclude the Chief Ministers of the six states from amicably resolving the issue and directed the next hearing on the matter on April 17.



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First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 17:20 IST