Approach the Center for a Tribunal
Supreme directive to state on Chitravati water dispute
New Delhi, September 28 (Andhra Jyoti): The Supreme Court directed the state government to approach the central government to set up a tribunal on the Chitravati river water dispute. The petition filed in 2003 was allowed to be withdrawn. In 2003, while the Karnataka government was constructing the Paragodu project, the joint Andhra Pradesh government filed a petition in the Supreme Court. A three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice YU Lalit, Justice S Ravindra Bhatt and Justice JB Pardiwala heard the long-pending case on Wednesday. “It has been 19 years since the petition was filed. In these 19 years many changes may have occurred in relation to the waters. Now it is very difficult to hear this case and issue interim orders,” the bench said. However, in 2010, the registration of evidence in this case was completed. The AP government has made it clear that since the evidence is on record, it can use it and resolve it through other legal channels. It said that the investigation on this case is being concluded.