Appoint officers to resolve water disputes: HC to Maha govt
Last Updated: Friday, July 24, 2009, 18:29
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 Corporation.

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".

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, July 24, 2009, 18:29

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