Patna: The Patna High Court has directed the Centre to constitute a water dispute redressal tribunal to settle the dispute over Sone river water sharing between various states including Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.

The committee will be formed under the Inter State River Dispute Act of 1956. As per the Act, the court has directed the committee (to be formed by Central Government) to resolve the dispute within a year.

A division bench comprising Justices SK Katriar and Ahsanuddin Amanullah delivered the judgment on a public interest litigation filed by Bharatiya Janata Party leader Saryu Rai.

 It is to be noted that the petition filed in 1993 stated that Bihar is not getting its share of water from Sone river. The UP government uses the river water share of Bihar in NTPC and other types of hydro power plants.

The non-allotment of the water share to Bihar has adversely affected irrigation of crops and thus violated the fundamental rights of the farmers.