Mahanadi Row: SC To Hear Odisha’s Injunction Suit Against Chhattisgarh

**Bhubaneswar:** Hearing on the injunction suit, filed by the Odisha Government against its Chhattisgarh counterpart over construction of dams and barrages in the Mahanadi upstream, was held today (May 2) by the Supreme Court.

The injunction suit has been filed under Article 131 of our nation’s Constitution.

On the other hand, Central Water Commission (CWC) filed affidavit in Orissa High Court on the public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Mahanadi Bachao Committee for formation of a special tribunal for deciding on the water-sharing dispute.

So far the injunction suit is concerned, the Attorney General (AG) of India was asked to appear before in the apex court to clarify the Central Government’s stand on Odisha’s petition for constitution of a tribunal to resolve the issue.

After hearing the arguments from Odisha and Chhattisgarh on April 25, the apex court had summoned the AG to appear before it in the case today (May 2).

As per media reports, Additional Solicitor General of India submitted contentions on behalf of the Central Government.

Similarly, Odisha Government also submitted its requisite documents.

The apex court has posted the next hearing on July 25.

Odisha Government knocked the doors of Supreme Court on December 4, 2016 urging for a stay on all the controversial constructions on Mahanadi by Chhattisgarh.

Prior to that, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on November 22, 2016 had filed a statutory complaint before the Centre demanding formation of a tribunal under the Inter-State Water Dispute Act, 1956 to resolve the row.