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Govt constitutes Mahanadi Water Disputes Tribunal

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today issued a notification, constituting three-member 'Water Disputes Tribunal' to adjudicate the dispute between and over sharing the river's water.

A M Khanwilkar has been named as the of the tribunal, being formed as per the January 23 order of the apex court to the Centre in this connection.

Justice and Justice Indermeet Kaur Kochhar, judges of and High Courts respectively, are the other two members of the

"The will have its headquarters at Delhi," the ministry said in a statement.

The government had moved the court in December, 2016, seeking an order asking to stop construction work in projects on the upstream of Mahanadi, saying it had affected the river flow in the state. It had also pitched for setting up of the

The tribunal would determine water sharing among basin states on the basis of the overall availability of water in the complete basin, contribution of each state, the present utilisation of water resource in each state and the potential for future development, official sources said.

As per provisions of the Inter State River Water Disputes (ISRWD) Act, 1956, the tribunal is required to submit its report and decision within a period of three years, which can be extended for a period not exceeding two years due to unavoidable reasons.

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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 19:55 IST