Odisha: CM Naveen Patnaik Asks Chhattisgarh to Stop Construction on Mahanadi

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday came down heavily on the Chhattisgarh government after Chief Minister Raman Singh said that his government will go ahead with the construction of projects despite resistance from Odisha government.

CM Naveen Patnaik speaking to media persons at the secretariat said, “The statement of the chief minister of Chhattisgarh on Mahanadi waters issued yesterday is most unfortunate. It violates the canons of the doctrine of Inter-state River sharing between co-basin states and our federal governance. What is more unfortunate is the false and misleading statements of the Union minister of state for Water Resources Sanjeev Balyan on the floor of the Parliament yesterday. I have already taken up the Mahanadi issue with the Prime Minister seeking his intervention. I sincerely request the Chhattisgarh government to stop all construction till the issue is resolved”.

Patnaik also added, “I assure the people of our state that my government will take up the issue at various levels and leave no stone unturned to establish our justifiable rights over the water of Mahanadi. We will continue our fight till our last breath”.

Raman Singh yesterday said that the Chhattisgarh government drawing water from Mahanadi after getting the nod from the Central Water Commission (CWC). He even claimed that his state has the right to draw more water. He even said that the issue is being unnecessarily politicised by the Odisha government.

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