Mahanadi water dispute: BJD signature campaign from Nov 11


Bhubaneswar: The BJD will host its signature campaign to protest against Chhattisgarh’s construction on Mahanadi’s upper catchment area from November 11 to December 11, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said at a preparatory party meeting hosted to discuss the Mahanadi and Polavaram issues.

The ruling party of the state again declared to take the Mahandi water dispute to Supreme Court if the Centre and Chhattisgarh state governmnet did not pay heed to their demands. The BJD has been demanding any construction work on Mahanadi’s upper catchment area to be halted immediately and also to set up a Water Tribunal.

“We have been time and again reminding of the adverse impact on Odisha of Chhattisgarh’s project. But the Centre is not pursuing the issue with sincerity and has been ignoring our demands. I attended the tripartite meeting convened by the Centre and discussed the issue with various parties and organisations in Delhi. But the Centre has been supporting the Chhattisgarh government silently owing to political affiliation. Our fight will continue and we will take the matter to Supreme Court,” said CM Patnaik.

The signature campaign on Mahanadi Water Dispute that the BJD had earlier declared will be held from Novemebr 11 to December 11. The ruling party will collect 86 lakh signatures from the affected families, BJD sources said. A 400 km human chain from Hirakud to Paradip will also be formed to put pressure on the Centre to take action on the Mahanadi issue.

The meeting was attended by most BJD MLAs, MPs and party members at the Idcol Auditorium in the city on Monday. The issue of Polavaram project was also discussed. “The Centre has given Polavaram a special status whereas the case is sub-judice. Not just Odisha but Chhattisgarh and Telengana have also been opposing the project but the Union Government  turns a deaf ear to the genuine grievances of the tribals of Malkangiri. Both Congress and BJP shed crocodile tears for Odisha,” said BJD Supremo Patnaik.

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