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Singh non-cooperative in resolving Mahanadi dispute: Naveen

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

Chief Minister today alleged that his counterpart was "not cooperative" in resolving the Mahanadi dispute.

"Union Minister for Water Resources had called a meeting of the chief minister and myself. He (Raman) was totally non-cooperative," Patnaik told reporters while reacting to Singh's claim that the dispute could be resolved in three minutes if the two chief ministers sat for a discussion.

"Whatever he (Raman Singh) said is not correct," the chief minister said.

The dispute between the two states became serious after the constructed projects on the upstream of the Mahanadi river, leading to a reduced supply of water to the Hirakud reservoir in

The Chhattisgarh government, however, did not accept the government's claim of a reduced water flow. The Odisha has already moved the Supreme seeking a stay order on Chhattisgarh's construction activities.

On his arrival here to attend the BJP's national executive meeting, Singh said, "We are ready for talks on the Mahanadi issue with Odisha Chief Minister "

Describing the dispute as a "non-issue", he said it was "unnecessarily made an issue" during the Odisha panchayat polls.

Bharti, who too arrived here to attend the BJP's national executive meeting, preferred not to comment on the dispute. "As the Odisha has taken the matter to court, I should not comment on it," she said.

However, Bharti added, "We have plans to link the Tista- Sankosh with the Mahanadi. The river in Odisha will get water from both the rivers. If there is additional water, it will be discharged to the Godavari.

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First Published: Sat, April 15 2017. 16:57 IST