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Odisha to soon convey Assembly consensus on Mahanadi issue to

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

Assembly Kumar Amat today said he would soon convey the consensus and concern of the House to the Centre on the water issue.

The members of ruling BJD and Opposition expressed concern over delay in issuance of the Term of Reference (ToR) for the Water Dispute Tribunal by the Centre.

Amat announced this after a four-hour-long discussion on the water dispute with neighbouring in the Assembly.

Earlier, moved a motion, saying, "In view of the consensus opinion and concern, the House urge upon the to issue immediately a necessary reference... referring to complaint filed by the state of on Mahanadi water dispute in order to make the functional in compliance of the order of the "

During the debate, state expressed concern over the Central government's delay in making the ToR for the newly-constituted Tribunal.

"Though one month has passed since the formation of the Tribunal, the has not issued Letter of reference. Therefore, the Tribunal has not been functional," Pujari said.

He, however, pointed out that though the Union Water Resources while replying to a question in the Lok Sabha has stated that the Centre issued the Letter of Reference to the Tribunal, the has not so far got a copy of the document.

"The will be able to file petition in the Tribunal within two-three weeks after getting a copy of the Letter of Reference," Pujari told the House.

The referred to a recent order of the National Green Tribunal Eastern Zone Bench, Kolkata that has asked the government not to construct any new project on the Mahanadi basin.

Pujari also alleged that the government violated the NGT's status quo order on any new project. "We have information that the has issued tender for construction of another barrage in Mahanadi basin in violation of the NGT's order," he said.

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First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 22:40 IST