Hyderabad: The Ministry of Jal Shakti on Thursday extended the tenure of Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal (KWDT) for a period of one year to resolve water sharing disputes between Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. The tenure was extended for one year from August 1, 2020 through a gazette notification. The extension of time is meant to resolve Krishna river water sharing disputes between Telangana and Andhra Pradesh under Sec 89 of Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act 2014.
Similarly, filling a vacancy in the Tribunal, the government has appointed Tripura High Court Judge Justice S Talapatra as a member through a Gazette notification on Thursday. The vacancy arose consequent to the resignation of member of KWDT Justice BP Das, former Judge Odisha High Court.
The Central Government on April 2, 2004 has constituted Krishna Water Disputes Tribunal (KWDT) for adjudicating disputes between the States of Maharashtra, Karnataka and erstwhile Andhra Pradesh under Section 4 of the Inter-State River Water Dispute (ISRWD) Act, 1956. The tribunal then submitted its report in December 2010. Subsequently the Ministry of Water Resources dissolved the Tribunal. However after the carving of a separate Telangana State the centre decided to revive the Tribunal to resolve disputes between Telangana and AP.
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