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Government of India
Ministry of Water Resources
10-February-2014 16:59 IST
Setting up Inter-State River Distributes Tribunal

The following water disputes referred to the Tribunals under Inter State River Water Disputes (ISRWD) Act, 1956 are yet to be settled

The following water disputes referred to the Tribunals under Inter State River Water Disputes (ISRWD) Act, 1956 are yet to be settled.

 

 

 

S. No

Name of Tribunal

States concerned

Date of constitution

Present Status

1

Ravi & Beas Water Tribunal

Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan

April, 1986

Report and decision under section 5(2) given in April, 1987. A Presidential Reference in the matter is before Supreme Court and as such the matter is sub-judice.

2.

Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal -II

Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra

April, 2004

Report and decision given on 30.12.2010. Further report given by the Tribunal on 29.11.2013.  However, as per Supreme Court Order dated 16.9.2011, till further order, decision taken by the Tribunal on references filed by States and Central Government shall not be published in the official Gazette. As such, matter is sub-judice.

3.

Vansadhara Water Disputes Tribunal

Andhra Pradesh & Odisha

February, 2010

Report and decision not given by the Tribunal. State of Odisha has filed an SLP in Supreme Court against the appointment of Justice Sri Ghulam Mohammad, Member of the Tribunal. As such matter is sub-judice.

4.

Mahadayi Water Disputes Tribunal

Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra

November, 2010

Report and Decision not given by the Tribunal.

5.

Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal

Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Puduchery

June, 1990

Report and decision given on 5.2.2007 which was published vide Notification dated 19.2.2013. Special Leave Petition (SLP) filed by party States in Hon’ble Supreme Court pending and as such the matter is sub-judice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ISWRD Act, 1956 has already been amended in the year 2002 in consultation with all the State Governments whereby adjudication of water dispute by the Tribunals was made time bound. Further, the National Water Policy, 2012 inter-alia recommends:

 

“A permanent Water Disputes Tribunal at the Centre should be established to resolve the disputes expeditiously in an equitable manner.  Apart from using the “good offices” of the Union or the State Governments, as the case may be, the paths of arbitration and mediation may also to be tried in dispute resolution.”

 

The Proposal to set up a standing Tribunal to adjudicate inter-state river water disputes in consultation with the stakeholders including the States is at conceptual stage. No time line has been fixed.

 

This information was given by Union Water Resources Minister Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad  in the Rajya Sabha today in reply to a written question.

 

 

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