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Odisha, Chhattisgarh Ministers To Meet Soon At Delhi Over Mahanadi Water Dispute


11 December 2019

Debashish Maharana


Bhubaneswar: Water Resources Ministers of our two States and authorities of Central Water Commission (CWC) will be meeting in Delhi on the Mahanadi water sharing dispute to decide on what will be beneficial for both the States, stated Tamradhwaj Sahu, Minister of Home, Chhattisgarh here today.

He said that Water Resources Ministers of the two States had a meeting over the Mahanadi water sharing dispute a few days back.

The decision to be arrived at the forthcoming meeting will be binding on both the States, he added.

It is worthwhile to mention here that Odisha and Chhattisgarh have filed petitions in the Mahanadi Water Dispute Tribunal in respect to the sharing of Mahanadi river water. Odisha, in its petition, has claimed that the State of Chhattisgarh has constructed several barrages on the river obstructing the water flow to Odisha.

Odisha has sought stay on the construction and operation of six barrages being built on the Mahanadi River and also for maintaining specific flow of water during the non-monsoon months, November to May.

The Mahanadi Water Dispute Tribunal on November 13 last postponed the hearing in the petition filed by the State of Odisha to December 14.

The tribunal had directed both the States to conduct site visit in each other’s territory and submit the inspection report before the date of hearing.

The Chhattisgarh Home Minister was here to personally invite Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on behalf of his Chief Minister to attend the three-day-long national level tribal festival and youth festival being organised by the Government of Chhattisgarh from November 27-29.

"I was here to personally extend our Chief Minister's invitation to the Chief Minister of Odisha to attend  the three-day-long national-level tribal festival being organised by the Government of Chhattisgarh from November 27-29," informed Sahu.

Tamradhwaj Sahu, Minister, Home, Chhattisgarh