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The politics of water disputes

Permanent, as against ad hoc, tribunals will spark litigation in today’s politically competitive milieu.

The Ministry of Water Resources recently prepared a Cabinet note about creating a permanent tribunal for interstate river water disputes (IWD) resolution. This was after a proposal to this effect in the National Draft Water Policy of 2012. As reports go, the Government is concerned about long delays in dispute resolution and the tendency of States to approach the Supreme Court for redressal of recurring disputes.

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