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14-July-2014 13:14 IST
Inter-State Water Dispute

The status of various Inter-State water disputes which have been referred to Tribunals for conflict resolution is given below:


The status of various Inter-State water disputes which have been referred to Tribunals for conflict resolution is given below:




Name of Tribunal

States concerned

Date of constitution

Present Status


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.


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.


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.  Term of the Tribunal has been extended for a further period of two years w.e.f. 1st August, 2014 to address the terms of reference as contained in section 89 of Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014. As per Supreme Court Order dated 16.9.2011, decision taken by the Tribunal on references filed by States and Central Government shall not be published in the official Gazette.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.


VansadharaWater 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 one of the Members of the Tribunal. The SLP in the matter filed by the State of Odisha in the Supreme Court is pending. Thus the matter is sub-judice. Beside, Hon’bleVansadhara Water Disputes Tribunal in its Order dated 17.12.2013 has directed to constitute a 3-member Protem Supervisory Flow Management and Regulation Committee on River Vansadhara to implement its Order. 


MahadayiWater Disputes Tribunal

Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra

November, 2010

Report and Decision not given by the Tribunal.


    Further, the Central Government has constituted a 3-member Supervisory Committee on;


         i.            Mullaperiyar Dam for implementing the order dated 7.5.2014 of the Hon’ble Supreme            Court.

       ii.            Babhali Barrage on 24.10.2013 for implementation of the Order dated 28.2.2013 of Hon’ble Supreme Court.


  Action has also been initiated by the Central Government as per the provisions of Section 3 of the ISRWD Act, 1956 on the request of Government of Bihar, on river Sone.

              Inter-State River Water Dispute Act, 1956 has already been amended in the year 2002 in consultation with the State Governments, whereby adjudication of water disputes by the Tribunals was made time-bound. Further, a committee was also set up by the Central Government to study the activities that are required for the optimum development of a river basin and changes that may be required in the existing River Board Act, 1956.  The report of the Committee has been placed before National Forum of Ministers of Water Resources/irrigation of the States and also been sent to the concerned Central Ministries, all the States and Union Territories.

              This was stated by Union Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar in a written reply in Rajya Sabha today.