Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Friday gave six
weeks` time to the Maharashtra government for appointing
`primary dispute resolution officer` (PDRO) at all the major
river basin agencies in the state.
Appointment of PDRO is contemplated under Maharashtra
Water Regulatory Authority Act, 2005 and the officer is
supposed to adjudicate upon water disputes in the area.
The state government today informed the division bench
led by justice J N Patel, which was hearing a PIL regarding
allocation of water from Pawna dam in Pune district, that a
PDRO has been appointed for Krishna Valley Development
However, there are four other river basin agencies in the
state-- Vidarbha Irrigation Development Corporation, Tapi
Irrigation Development Corporation, Goadavari-Marathwada
Development Corporation and Konkan Irrigation Development
Corporation-- which are yet to get a PDRO.
"None of these have PDROs yet. Court has now asked the
government to appoint them within six weeks," petitioner`s
lawyer Uday Warunjikar said.
"Court wants the government to give wide publicity to
appointment of these officers," he said, adding "PDRO will be
the first forum for resolving water disputes".