Mahanadi water dispute: State govt to approach SC, NGT


Bhubaneswar: The state government has decided to take the Mahanadi water dispute to Supreme Court. BJD spokesperson Pratap Keshari Deb informed on Sunday. The Odisha government will approach the National Green Tribunal by mid November, he said.

Odisha government will put forward two demands in the Supreme Court. It will demand Chhattisgarh government to halt any ongoing construction in the upper catchment area and secondly to prepare a water tribunal for Mahanadi.  The Odisha water resources department is ready with the necessary preparations for the same.

However, the Chhattisgarh government has criticized Odisha government’s decision and the neighbouring state’s water resources minister Brijmohan Agrawal has stated that Odisha government’s stand in the matter is weak and so their demands will not stand in Supreme Court.

Reacting to Agrawal’s statement, leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra said that the state government has strong reasons to oppose any construction by Chhattisgarh on Mahanadi. “The Supreme Court will definitely give Odisha justice,” Mishra said.

While the debate on Mahanadi issue has reduced in intensity it still continues. BJD members have been continuing their 100 day relay hunger strike before the Bhubaneswar based Central Water Commission. CM Naveen Patnaik has also raised the issue in each of his recent visits to various districts.

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