The Centre on Tuesday handed over reference of the Mahanadi water dispute to the chairman of Mahanadi Water Disputes Tribunal, Justice A M Khanwilkar.

The Odisha Government demanded an early handover of the Mahanadi tribunal’s terms of reference during the first regional conference meeting of five States held in Kolkata on Monday.

What is the background to the dispute and, going beyond the political rhetoric in both states, who are the parties actually affected by it?

Order of the Supreme Court of India in the matter of State of Odisha Vs State of Chhattisgarh dated 23/01/2018 regarding water dispute in respect of waters of the Mahanadi Basin. This suit was filed by the State of Odisha asking for an injunction restraining State of Chhattisgarh from continuing with the construction and operation of the six ongoing industrial barrages namely Samoda, Seorinarayan, Basantpur, Mirouni, Saradiha and Kalma.

To chalk out the future course of action in view of the disputes regarding the use of Mahanadi river water, a well-rounded strategy that includes both the people and policymakers is needed. The strategy must allow for dialogue by rebuilding trust and should look at arbitration and negotiation as methods of conflict resolution.

Judgement of the National Green Tribunal (Eastern Zone Bench, Kolkata) in the matter of Biswajit Mohanty Vs State of Odisha & Others dated 16/10/2017 regarding construction activity and reclamation of river bed, encroachment of river embankment, establishment of Labour Camps in river bed of rivers Mahanadi and Kathjodi at Cuttack, Odisha, and organization of Baliyatra and other programmes on Mahanadi river bed at Cuttack thereby affecting the river ecology and disturbing the river flow adversely.

CUTTACK:The Eastern Zone bench of National Green Tribunal (NGT) has given its nod for the week-long Baliyatra.

Activists will also will meet President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union water resources minister Uma Bharti.

Petitioner had raised concerns relating to impact on environment

The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) on Thursday announced its decision to intensify agitation over Mahanadi river water dispute with Chhattisgarh even as the State Government has already decided to approach

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