Mahanadi Water Disputes Tribunal


The Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has issued a notification today constituting the Mahanadi Water Disputes Tribunal. The Tribunal will have its headquarters at Delhi and will have the following members nominated by the Chief Justice of India:

  1. Mr Justice A.M. Khanwilkar, Judge, Supreme Court of India as Chairman
  2. Dr Justice Ravi Ranjan, Judge, Patna High Court as Member
  3. Mrs Justice Indermeet Kaur Kochhar, Judge, Delhi High Court as Member
  • The Tribunal has been constituted following orders of the Supreme Court dated 23rd January, 2018 in a suit filed by the Government of Odisha. The Government of Odisha had sought to refer the water dispute regarding the inter-state river Mahanadi and its river valley to a Tribunal for adjudication under the Inter-State River Water Disputes Act, 1956.
  • The tribunal will be formed according to the provisions of the Inter-State River Water Disputes (ISRWD), 1956.
  • It will have a chairperson and two other members nominated by the Chief Justice of India from among the judges of the apex court or high courts.
  • As per provisions of the ISRWD Act, 1956 the Tribunal is required to submit its report and decision within a period of 3 years which can be extended to a further period not exceeding 2 years due to unavoidable reasons.


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