Mahanadi: Odisha yet to receive full info from Chhattisgarh

By: | Published: August 30, 2016 7:15 PM

The proposed meeting between the chief ministers of Odisha and Chhattishgarh to resolve the Mahanadi water dispute ran into uncertainty with the Odisha government today saying it had not received the requisite information in full from its neighbouring state.

Odisha’s Engineer-n-Chief will write a letter to his Chhattishgarh counterpart asking them to provide detailed information, he said. (Source: IE)

The proposed meeting between the chief ministers of Odisha and Chhattishgarh to resolve the Mahanadi water dispute ran into uncertainty with the Odisha government today saying it had not received the requisite information in full from its neighbouring state.

“Chhattisgarh has provided some information on Arpa-Bhainsajor projects but some information has not been given to us. ..They had sought some information from us and the Odisha government has provided them with it,” Odisha’s Water Resources secretary P K Jena said.

Odisha’s Engineer-n-Chief will write a letter to his Chhattishgarh counterpart asking them to provide detailed information, he said.

The Odisha government had earlier made it clear that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had no problems in meeting his Chhatishgarh counterpart Raman Singh if the neighbouring state provided detailed information as sought by the state.

Both the states are at loggerheads over the right on Mahanadi water. The Odisha government had been alleging that Chhattishgarh constructed certain barrages on the upstream of Mahanadi without consulting it.

Chhattishgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, however, claimed that they developed the projects within the provisions of the laws.

As the dispute continued, Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti recently proposed to organise a meeting between the two chief ministers to resolve the issue. Bharti had said the meeting could be held on any date between September 10 to September 20.

A joint meeting of the two states was held at the office of the Union Water Resources department on July 29 which was attended by the chief secretaries of both the states.

The Union minister had also proposed another meeting between the two chief ministers.

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