SC tells govt to make water tribunals functional, be proactive

Emphasising the significance of inter-state water dispute tribunals in view of the emotions of people involved in such disputes, the Supreme Court on Monday said that the Centre must take "proactive role" in resolving such issues.

"We cannot let these tribunals remain functional. In inter-state water disputes, emotions and tempers of people are high. The Centre must take proactive role and see these disputes are resolved amicably and as expeditiously as possible. Inter-state Water Dispute Tribunal has co-extensive power of the state," said a Bench of Justices R M Lodha and A R Dave.

The Bench said that the tribunals set up to deal with inter-state water disputes could not be allowed to remain non-functional owing to failure of the Centre to provide residential accommodation to its chairman and members.

The court made the observation while directing the Union Urban Development Ministry's directorate of estate to make allotment of type VIII category bungalow to chairman of Mahadayi Inter-state Water Dispute Tribunal and also to its members as per their entitlement within a week.

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