Odisha demands Inter-State Tribunal to resolve Mahanadi water dispute


Bhubaneswar: Taking a strong step forward over issues of Mahanadi River with neighboring Chhattisgarh, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi has urged Union Government for constituting an Inter-State Tribunal immediately for addressing complaints filed in this regard.

The chief secretary in a letter to the Union Water Resources Secretary Amarjit Singh has categorically pointed out that the water disputes in respect of the Mahanadi River and its valley cannot be resolved by negotiations.

The Ministry of Water Resources (MoWR) had set up a Negotiation Committee on inter State river Mahanadi and its valley for sorting out the disputes between Odisha and Chhattisgarh.

However, Odisha, time and again, had made it clear that as the Chhattisgarh Government is taking unilateral decisions for putting barrages on the upstream of the river Mahandi without consulting the riparian State, disputes cannot be resolved through negotiations.

Padhi said that this was the demand of the Odisha Government to wind up the Negotiation Committee.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik last month had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to instruct the Chhattisgarh Government to stop construction of barrages on the Mahanadi and ensure free flow of water to the State.

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