Mahanadi Tribunal Seeks Rainwater Flow Details From Odisha

New Delhi: The Mahanadi Water Disputes Tribunal on Saturday sought details from Odisha on the volume of rainwater flow into the Mahanadi in the last 20 years, through an affidavit, within two weeks.

It gave the ruling while hearing the interim petition of the Odisha government.

The Chhattisgarh government will then be asked to submit a counter affidavit, the Tribunal said.

The third hearing in the case has been posted for February 9.

Notably the Odisha government, in its interim petition on October 9, had prayed the Tribunal to order a stay on the ongoing construction of six barrages on the Mahanadi. Admitting the petition, the Tribunal had directed the Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh to file their counters. However, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra governments had sought eight weeks’ time for it. Following a hearing, they were directed them to file it within six weeks.

The Tribunal was to take up the hearing of the original petition of Odisha on January 12 next year.

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