Bhubaneswar: With one and all agog to know the date fixed for the proposed New Delhi tripartite meeting between the two Chief Ministers of the neighbouring States of Odisha and Chhattisgarh mediated by the Union Water Resources Minister to resolve the ongoing Mahanadi water sharing dispute, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik hinted at the much-awaited date soon.
On being enquired about the date by media persons at the Naveen Niwas on Tuesday in the sideline of the Odisha Chief Minister’s Nuakahi Juhar greetings, pat came the reply, “I think we’ll know in a day or two”.
Notably, Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti has written a letter to know about his suitable date for the proposed meeting a few days ago. Bharti had earlier in her media statement at the national capital said that very soon in the month of September she would try to get the two Chief Ministers meet at a parley at New Delhi in her presence to sort out the impasse relating to the Mahanadi water sharing row between Odisha and Chhattisgarh.
School and Mass Education Minister Debi Prasad Mishra informed, “All data from Chhattisgarh would be assessed and compiled by the State Water Resources Department.
While the BJD team that visited Chhattisgarh has submitted its interim report, final report would be submitted after the team’s chairman Prasanna Acharya returns from Nuakhai celebration at his nativity”.
BJP leader Samir Mohanty in his reactions said, “Very happy to know that the CM, who has been holding the Water Resources portfolio for the last 16 years, is going to give the date sought by the Union Water Resources Minister. Hope, he’d champion Odisha’s genuine cause and also the concerns of the people and see that not even an inch of the water level of river Mahanadi recedes during the non-monsoon season”.