The Union Cabinet has approved Inter-State River
Water Disputes (Amendment) Bill, 2019.
The bill seeks to amend the Inter State River
Water Disputes Act, 1956.
It aims to streamline the adjudication of
inter-state water disputes and make the present institutional architecture
The bill provides for dissolution of existing
tribunals. A key feature of the bill is the constitution of a single tribunal
with different Benches. It also provides for setting strict timelines for
The Bill also proposes a Dispute Resolution
Committee set up by the Central Government for resolving inter-State water
disputes within 18 months.
Article 262 of Constitution deals with
adjudication of disputes relating to matters of inter-state rivers or river
Article 262(2) states that neither the Supreme
Court nor any other Court shall exercise jurisdiction in respect of any such