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Mahanadi Row: Naveen Fully Ready For Delhi Parley On September 17

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12 September 2016

Pawan Tiwari

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Bhubaneswar: Prior to the New Delhi tripartite talks over the ongoing Mahanadi water sharing dispute between the two neighbouring States of Odisha and Chhattisgarh on September 17, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik chaired a review meeting on Monday at the State Secretariat here.

Soon after the meeting, Odisha Chief Minister said to media, "We're fully prepared for our discussions with the Central Government on the 17th of this month".

He also welcomed suggestions on the issue from individuals, voluntary organisations and political parties on this issue.

In response to the letter by Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti earlier this month, the Chief Minister has fixed the date for the proposed tripartite talks with Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh.

It may be recalled here that Union Minister Uma Bharti had proposed last month to invite the Chief Ministers of Odisha and Chhattisgarh for tripartite talks over the Mahanadi dispute at the national capital between September 10 and September 20.

Meanwhile, the BJD fact-finding team, that had visited Chhattisgarh to study at the ground zero on the controversial projects built and under construction upstream of Mahanadi and its impact on Odisha, on Sunday already submitted its report to BJD supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

The fact-finding team leader BJD Rajya Sabha MP Prasanna Acharya flanked by party general secretary and minister Debi Prasad Mishra presented a 23-page report with two annexures on Sunday.

Acharya informed media on Sunday after the submission that the report contained details of information whatever was made available to them by the Chhattisgarh Government.

The Monday review meeting was also attended by Revenue and Disaster Management Minister Bijoyshree Routray, Industries Minister Debi Prasad Mishra, Forest and Environment Minister Bikram Keshari Arukh, Women and Child Welfare Minister Usha Devi, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi, Development Commissioner R. Balakrishnan and Water Resources Secretary P.K. Jena.

Odisha BJP leader Prithwiraj Harichandan said, "BJP has taken initiative to resolve the issue. Central Government is pro-active to end the ongoing deadlock. It's now upto the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to raise the issue at the Delhi Durbar in a sincere and serious manner if he really wants to protect the State's interests".

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Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister, Odisha

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Prithwiraj Harichandan, BJP leader, Odisha