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Centre for single tribunal to resolve water disputes

IANS  |  Kolkata 

The is in favour of a single for speedy settlement of inter-state water disputes, Union for Water Resources said here on Monday.

The first conference of five eastern states - Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Odisha and - was held here on Monday with the objective to resolve the water disputes among these states.

"Instead of having state-wise multiple tribunals, the Centre is proposing for a single so that inter-state water disputes can be settled at the earliest. The decision of the single should also be mandatory," said

According to him, water disputes between the five states were pending for a long time and the development of irrigation projects was not progressing on the expected lines.

"We had asked the respective states to submit their agenda and subsequently, we have examined their proposals and prepared a detailed note on that. We have discussed all the issues in detail."

He said the has clearly said water is part of "common pool resources" and is considered a national asset.

In fact, the introduced the Inter-State River Water Disputes (Amendment) Bill, 2017 in the in March 2017 and it proposes a Single Standing Tribunal (with multiple benches) instead of the existing multiple tribunals, which shall consist of one Chairperson, one Vice and not more than six other members.

focused on the necessity to rejuvenate irrigation in this region, highlighting the requirement of upgrading the irrigation facility in every state to achieve greater production of

He also pointed out that the meeting is going to bridge the gap between the states so far as water sharing issues are concerned.

According to officials, the conference will facilitate in developing the ultimate irrigation potential of from the present 22 per cent by ensuring speedy development of water resources projects.

raised the issues of the inter-linking of rivers, siltation in the Ganga, flood and drainage problems while moved the issues related to the inter-state links and revision of the Mayurakshi-Siddheswari-Noonbeel agreement.

spoke about the non-availability of Central funds under fund management, anti-erosion work on the banks of the Ganga and Bhagirathi rivers and raised various projects in the Mahanadi and Godavari basins.

Odisha raised the issues of inter-state links and various other projects in the Mahanadi and Subarnarekha basins.



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First Published: Mon, April 16 2018. 20:22 IST