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Union minister blames Chhattisgarh govt on Mahanadi water row

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

Senior BJP leader and today said was not receiving sufficient water from the river during non-monsoon period due to blocking its flow.

The inflow of water into the Hirakud reservoir in has been hit due to construction of barrages by the government in the upper catchment areas of the river, told reporters at Sambalpur.

"has stopped water in the upper catchment areas. It is providing water to industries. As a result, lower catchments in are getting reduced water in non-monsoon period," said.

The interest of Odisha can never be compromised, Pradhan said urging Chief to take steps in this regard.

Mahanadi has been a bone of contention between Odisha and Chhattisgarh with the former opposing construction work on upstream of Mahanadi by the latter, thereby blocking the flow of water to downstream.

Stating that Odisha also provides water from the Mahanadi to several industries, the said it is necessary to mount pressure on the Chhattisgarh government to ensure that Odisha gets its due share of the river water.

Pradhan also accused the BJD government in Odisha of having failed to take steps for conserving and utilising water, a major volume of which, he said, flows to the sea and goes waste.

Taking a dig at Pradhan for his comment, and member, said the BJP-led government at the Centre should put pressure on Chhattisgarh and ensure release of sufficient water into Odisha.

Pradhan's comment on Mahanadi came barely nine days after he had condemned the statement of his party colleague and on the river water dispute with Odisha, describing it as "deplorable".

During BJP's in his state on May 29, Singh had said that nobody can stop Chhattisgarh from utilising water. He had also said the was trying to politicise the issue.

"Raman Singh's remark on the Mahanadi issue is deplorable. The people here have been saying that Chhattisgarh has committed a mistake. I also admit it," Pradhan, who hails from Odisha, had told reporters here on June 1.

Asked whether Chhattisgarh was right in constructing barrages on the Mahanadi upstream unilaterally, he had said, "It is a mistake. The tribunal would take appropriate action for such acts.

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First Published: Sun, June 10 2018. 18:35 IST