Govt bins Chhattisgarh claim

The state government is not ready to lower its guard on the Mahanadi dispute.

By Subrat Das and Subhashish Mohanty in Bhubaneshwar
  • Published 2.08.16
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The Mahanadi river

Bhubaneswar, Aug. 1: The state government is not ready to lower its guard on the Mahanadi dispute.

The stance of the Naveen Patnaik dispensation became evident today with the government accusing Chhattisgarh of keeping it in the dark about the Kelo projectChhattisgarh's unilateral master plan on the Mahanadi, which was not shared with Odisha, envisages that 86 per cent of the river's water in the upstream will be utilised by its neighbour.

. The national parties, including the BJP and the Congress, should clarify their stand on the issue. While the UPA government had sanctioned the Polavaram project, the NDA government accorded it national statusResponding to the attack, Pratap Dev said that on August 5 the party would constitute a team that would go to Chhattisgarh to make a field survey of the project.

On being asked that the then principal secretary, water resources, Suresh Mohapatra had told The Telegraph on February 5, 2011, that Odisha would have no problem if Chhattisgarh constructs even 100 barrages on the Mahanadi, Debi Prasad Mishra said: "The then secretary was perhaps talking about check dams and not projects."

When asked that the secretary had spoken about the barrages and not the minor projects, the minister said: "He (Mohapatra) was wrong."