Inter-State Water Disputes – Single Tribunal

By admin April 22, 2019 13:06

Single Tribunal

  • The Union Government has decided to set up a single permanent Tribunal to the adjudicate all inter-State river water disputes.
  • This single body will subsume all existing tribunals for resolving grievances of inter-State water disputes in a speedy manner.
  • However, it will be headed by a retired judge of Supreme Court.
  • Moreover, the Tribunal will also have more teeth as whenever it gives orders, the verdict will gets notified automatically.
  • Till date onwards, the Union Government was required to notify the awards, causing delay in its implementation.
  • Timeline: The tribunal should settle a dispute in four-and-a-half years.
  • Finality – The decision of the Tribunal shall be final and binding.
  • In fact, data Collection and also maintenance of a data-bank at national level for each rivers basin by an agency to be appointed and also authorized by the central government.
  • Technical Support: Provides for the appointment of Assessors to provide technical support to the tribunal. In fact, they shall be appointed from amongst the experts serving in the Central Water engineering

 Benches for adjudicating Inter-State River water disputes

  • Besides it, the Union Government has also proposed to float some of the Benches by amending the Inter-State Water Disputes Act, 1956 to look into disputes as and also when required.
  • In fact, the tribunal, these benches will cease to exist once the disputes are resolved.
  • However, earlier water tribunals took decades to deliver final awards into disputes, whereas the proposed Tribunal is expected to deliver its verdict during a span of the three years.

 Dispute Resolution Committee (DRC)

  • Along with the tribunal, the amendment has been proposed to set up the Dispute Resolution Committee (DRC).
  • In fact, the DRC will be comprising experts and also policy-makers.
  • Moreover, it is proposed to handle disputes prior to the tribunal.
  • The Union Government will set up a DRC (Dispute Resolution Committee) whenever a state will requested.
  • In fact, most of the disputes will be resolved at the DRC’s level itself. But if a State is not satisfied, it can also approach the tribunal.
By admin April 22, 2019 13:06