Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik chaired the preparatory meeting ahead of the tripartite meeting to be held on Sep 17 regarding the barrage construction issue by Chhattisgarh Government on River Mahanadi. The meeting was also attended by state ministers Debi Mishra, Bikram Keshari Arukh, Usha Devi and Bijayshree Routray along with the State chief secretary and other officials.
After the meeting Chief Minister informed that the Government is fully prepared for the meeting to be held in New Delhi on September 17. He informed that discussion was held on all perspectives in the meeting. Patnaik also added, “I welcome suggestions from intellectuals, social organisations and political parties on the issue”.
In the meantime on Sunday the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) constituted fact finding team on the Mahanadi issue led by Rajya Sabha MP Prasanna Acharya submitted a report to CM Patnaik after having visited Chhattisgarh and making a ground survey of projects in upper Mahanadi region.
Odisha has blamed the Chhattisgarh government of unilaterally constructing barrages on the upstream of River Mahanadi causing decline in the flow of its water to the State.
As a result the tripartite meeting is scheduled to be held between Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh and Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti to sort out the issues.
This meeting was scheduled after a BJP delegation from Odisha led by Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan met Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti in New Delhi. Following the meeting Union Water Resources Minister had decided to invite the Chief Ministers both States to Delhi for a meeting on any date between September 10 and September 20 to sort out the dispute mutually.