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Much-Awaited Mahanadi Tribunal Sitting On Sept 29 In New Delhi

**Bhubaneswar: ** Notice has been served for the the first ever sitting of the anxiously awaited Mahanadi Tribunal for adjudication of Mahanadi River Water Dispute between Odisha and Chhattisgarh.

The Notice served by the Registrar of the Tribunal is on August 29, 2018.

As per the Notice, “The sitting of the Tribunal will be held on September 29, 2018 at 2 P.M. at “A” Wing, 4th Floor Janpath Bhawan, Janpath, New Delhi-110001.”

In his reactions, ruling BJD spokesperson Sasmit Patra said, “So far my knowledge is concerned, no such letter has been received by the State Government here from the Mahanadi Tribunal. Hence, we’re ignorant about it.”

Volleying questions, the BJD spokesperson stated, “The Supreme Court has since months before ordered the Centre to make the Mahanadi Tribunal functional. Even the Union Cabinet has also approved. What for the dilly-dallying? Will this Mahanadi issue be taken up after the Chhattisgarh election? For whose interest the Mahanadi Tribunal is not being made functional?”

As mentioned in the Notice available with media, the notice has been served to “Mahesh Agarwal, Advocate, Agarwal Law Associates, New Delhi, Deepak Nargolkar, Advocate, Supreme Court of India, New Delhi, Chhattisgarh Chief Secretary, Madhya Pradesh Chief Secretary and Jharkhand Chief Secretary.”

Notably, the Central Government has constituted the Mahanadi Water Disputes Tribunal under Section 4 of the Inter State Water Disputes Act, 1956 as amended from time to time for adjudication of Mahanadi River water dispute.

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