New Delhi: Odisha Chief Minister (CM) Naveen Patnaik raised Mahanadi water dispute and Polavaram project issue at the Inter-State Council Standing Committee meeting chaired by Union Minister Rajnath Singh today in New Delhi.
Opposing the Polavaram project and construction of barrages on Mahanadi river basin by neighboring Chhatisgarh, CM Patnaik demanded to form a Tribunal for resolving water sharing disputes.
“Adopt principles of fair play and federal polity and discontinue the Polavaram project. A Tribunal should be constituted to resolve Mahanadi water sharing dispute and interim halt of construction activity in Mahanadi basin in Chhatisgarh to safeguard the livelihood of the people of Odisha”, Patnaik told media persons after the meeting.
He also apprised the committee regarding the State’s support to the recommendations of Punchhi Commission.
“I have apprised the standing committee that Odisha supports Punchhi Commission’s recommendations for defining the role of Governors and other aspects. Odisha deserves the same sharing pattern of funds as per north-eastern Himalayan states on account of high percentage of population below poverty line. Also earmark 60 per cent of clean environment cess for coal bearing states”, said Patnaik.
He even urged the Centre to stop demanding reimbursement if cost of deployment of CRPF in left wing extremist affected states and for addressing the critical deficiency of telecom connectivity, low financial inclusion and lower bank credits in Odisha on priority.