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Congress demands PM's intervention to resolve Mahanadi issue

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

Amidst debate on whether a tribunal is required to resolve the water dispute between and Chhattishgarh, the state unit today sought immediate intervention of Modi for amicable settlement of the issue.

"Modi should intervene and ask Chhattishgarh to stop project work on upstream of Mahanadi," Pradesh Committee told reporters.

Harichandan's remark came a day after Chief Minister said that a tribunal is the only way out to resolve the dispute while for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan advocated for a fresh negotiation.

The OPCC president, however, blamed both the BJD and the for the fiasco and accused them of doing over the sensitive water sharing matter.

"The Cnetral has been deliberately delaying formation of a tribunal," Harichandan said adding that would intensify stir over the issue and expose the "politics" of both the BJD and the

Stating that OPCC has already organised a Odisha bandh over Mahanadi issue, Harichandan blamed the state's BJD for keeping mum when Chhattishgarh started construction of projects.

He also accused the Centre of siding with Chhattishgarh which is ruled by the

Harichandan said the water flow in Mahanadi has already declined by 40 per cent and the situation will lead to scarcity of drinking water in several cities and villages in Odisha.

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First Published: Sun, January 07 2018. 23:20 IST