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Centre declined to constitute a tribunal to adjudicate the Mahanadi river water dispute

Bhubaneswar:6/12/17; In a major setback for Odisha, the Centre today declined to constitute a tribunal to adjudicate the Mahanadi river water dispute between Odisha and Chhattisgarh.

In an affidavit filed before the Supreme Court, the Union Government said that Odisha Government has not submitted required information in this regard, so there is no need to constitute a tribunal.

Odisha has been alleging that the Chhattisgarh government was violating a 1983 treaty on Mahanadi waters by constructing unauthorised dams and barrages on upper catchment areas of the river.

Meanwhile, the Mahanadi issue was raised in the Odisha Legislative Assembly for discussion by Government Chief Whip Amar Prasad Satpathy who said that 41% less water flowed in Mahanadi river in November this year as compared to that of November 2016 due to construction of dams and barrages by the Chhattisgarh government on upper catchment areas of the river.

The water flow in the river will further reduce by 73% in March and 77% by May 2018 following which 16 districts of the state will be affected after the reduction in water flow, Satpathy informed the House.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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