Bhubaneswar: In a bid to pitch for its demands on the Mahanadi dispute with Chhattisgarh, the state government has decided to raise the issue at the first regional conference of eastern states to be held in Kolkata April 16.
The eastern states of Odisha, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and West Bengal will participate in the meeting to be held under the chairmanship of Union Minister of State for Water Resources Arjun Ram Meghwal.
The conference will address issues relating to outstanding water resources, inter-states issues, intra- and inter-basin issues among the five eastern states, officials said here Saturday.
On behalf of the Odisha government, cabinet minister Surya Narayan Patro and water resources secretary PK Jena will attend the conference. “Odisha is joining the conference convened in Kolkata venue. The Union water resources minister will chair it. The ministers and officers of the invited five states will take part in it. We’ll raise the Mahanadi and Baitarani issues there. We also have some river disputes with Jharkhand,” Patro said. Even though the Centre has notified the constitution of the Mahanadi Tribunal after the Supreme Court order, its Terms of Reference (ToR) are yet to be framed and handed over to Odisha, he pointed out.
“Meanwhile, Chhattisgarh has already called for a tender bid for the construction of yet another barrage. We’ll raise this issue in the conference and we will demand stoppage of all construction activities on the upper Mahanadi basin,” the minister added. In a similar development, the ruling BJD has postponed its ‘Mahanadi Maha Sammilani’ (mega conclave on Mahanadi) from April 15 to April 22.
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