Odisha proposes tripartite meeting on Mahanadi water issue

Bhubaneswar, Sep 7 (IANS) The Odisha government on Wednesday urged the centre to call a tripartite meeting on September 17 to resolve the Mahanadi water dispute, an official said here.

The meeting would be held between the Chief Ministers of Odisha and Chhattisgarh with the participation of Union Minister of Water Resources Uma Bharti to resolve the ongoing dispute of sharing of Mahanadi water between the two states.

“Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has proposed the Union Water Resources Ministry to call the proposed tripartite meeting on September 17 to discuss the Mahanadi water issue at New Delhi,” said a statement from Chief Minister’s Office.

The Chief Minister would hold a preparatory meeting at the state secretariat here on September 12.

Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti had asked the state government to suggest possible dates for a tripartite meeting to resolve the issue.

Earlier, the centre held a meeting on July 29 that was attended by Chief Secretaries of both the state to find out a way to sort out the Mahanadi issue. However, it failed to put an end to the issue.

The water issue arises after Chhattisgarh government started constructing barrages and dams on the upper catchment area of Mahanadi river. The Odisha government complained that the neighbouring state has constructed the projects unilaterally, which would affect the interests of the state.

–IANS

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