Odisha not participate in any talks over Mahanadi water dispute says BJD


Bhubaneswar: Rulling BJD said the State Government would not participate in any talks before stopping of barrages upstream Mahanadi. BJD leader Sanjay Dashburma said this to media.

“Union Minister Nitin Gadkari today said that the Centre would take another three months to form the Mahanadi tribunal and is also considering forming a unified tribunal. From this, it is understood that the Centre’s is giving more time to Chhattisgarh to complet the projects.

Among others, Finance Minsiter Sashi Bhushan Behera, Rohit Pujari, Sports and Youth Services Chandra Sarathi Behere were present.

Union Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday asserted that a tribunal will be formed within three months to resolve the ongoing Mahanadi water dispute between Odisha and Chhattisgarh in Lok Sabha.

Both Odisha and Chhattisgarh should sit for a discussion to resolve the issue and Odisha’s demand for a tribunal to resolve the Mahanadi water dispute will be fulfilled in next three months, the Minister said replying to queries from BJD MPs during Question Hour.

Alleging that Odisha has not submitted any documents, the Union Minister said that the Centre is neither against the formation of a tribunal nor will do any injustice to Odisha. However, the dispute can be solved by discussion.

There is no scarcity of water in Odisha and no injustice will be done to it over the matter. Odisha has the right to get a tribunal over the matter. It will get its right on the tribunal in next three months.

“A delegation of Odisha should either meet me or the Prime Minister to discuss the Mahanadi water dispute,” Gadkari said.