Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat introduces bill to set up tribunal to resolve inter-state water disputes in timely manner

  • A bill that proposes to set up an Inter-State River Water Disputes Tribunal to resolve water disputes was introduced in the Lok Sabha

  • The Inter-State River Water Disputes (Amendment) Bill, 2019, was introduced by Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat

  • The single tribunal can have different benches and the decision on a dispute will be made in two years

New Delhi: A bill that proposes to set up an Inter-State River Water Disputes Tribunal to resolve water disputes in a time-bound manner was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Thursday. The Inter-State River Water Disputes (Amendment) Bill, 2019, was introduced by Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.

 Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat introduces bill to set up tribunal to resolve inter-state water disputes in timely manner

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Some Opposition members opposed the introduction of the Bill saying states had not been consulted. However, Shekhawat said the Bill, which seeks to amend the Inter-State River Water Disputes Act, 1956, has been brought after consultations.

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He said, of the nine tribunals set up to resolve water disputes, four had given awards and it took between 10 to 28 years for the process. The minister said that the Bill was brought to Parliament in 2017 and went to a standing committee.

The Bill seeks to streamline the adjudication of inter-state river water disputes and make the present institutional architecture robust.  It provides for dissolution of existing tribunals and the water disputes pending adjudication before such existing tribunals will be transferred to the new tribunal. The single tribunal can have different benches and the decision on a dispute will be made in two years.

Updated Date: Jul 25, 2019 17:10:53 IST