29 July 2016
Bhubaneswar: Amid the tug of war between the two neighbouring states of Odisha and Chhattisgarh over the contentious water sharing issue of Mahanadi river and ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD)’s vehement protest here, the Ministry of Water Resources has convened an inter-state meeting in New Delhi today (July 29) relating to the controversial projects of Mahanadi basin.
As per the notice dated July 25, 2016 sent to the chief secretaries of Odisha and Chhattisgarh, Water Resources Ministry Secretary Sashi Sekhar will hold the meeting in a bid to resolve the dispute between the two neighbouring states over the sharing of Mahanadi water after Chhattisgarh resorted to constructions of a host of projects in the upper catchments of the Mahanadi river.
As per sources, the meeting will discuss if the controversial projects of Chhattisgarh were approved by the Central Water Commission (CWC) or not and also if there had been any earlier discussions between both the state governments on the projects in the presence of CWC authorities.
Notably, BJD on Wednesday moved a privilege motion against Minister of State for Water resources, Sanjeev Balyan in the Lok Sabha alleging that he has presented misleading facts in the Parliament recently on the projects undertaken by Chhattisgarh.
Meanwhile, Odisha Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra has called an all-party meet on August 3 over the contentious issue.
Earlier, he had written a letter to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik demanding an all-party meeting over the Mahanadi water sharing issue, but the ruling BJD rejected it.
The Leader of Opposition in Odisha Assembly on Thursday said he has written a letter personally asking all parties to meet on August 3 and discuss the issue.
While BJP has agreed to attend the meeting, ruling BJD was skeptical and said that the national parties must consult their national leadership before calling an all party meeting.