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Assembly: Mahanadi dispute case in SC, says CM

Assembly Mahanadi dispute
  • CM says State government filed Mahanadi case in Supreme Court

  • Opposition demand explanation on JE deaths in Malkangiri

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government has filed a law suit in Supreme Court on Mahanadi water dispute against Chhattisgarh, informed Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in the Assembly  today. The case was filed on Friday, he said. Earlier, the Opposition led by Narasingha Mishra demanded explanation on JE deaths in Malkangiri while other Congress members created uproar during question hour regarding state government’s lavish expenses for Make in Odisha.

CM Patnaik termed Chhattisgarh’s construction on Mahanadi ‘illegal’. “Chhattisgarh’s unilaterally planning and constructing projects and barrages in the upper catchment areas of Mahanadi would spell socio-econmoic and ecological hazard to our State and its inhabitants,” he said.

The state has filed ‘an original suit’ in Supreme Court under Article 131 seeking injunction of Chhattisgarh from continuing construction of ongoing and future projects.

“We have claimed equitable share of minimum flow of 12.28 million acre feet of Mahanadi water at Hirakud Dam as per DPR of Hirakud Dam of 1947 and a further utilisation of 3.67 million feet in the surplus flows,” said Patnaik. The state government had also filed a statutory complaint before Central Government under Inter States Water Dispute Act on November 22 on the issue.

Apart from Mahanadi discussion, the Assembly saw some uproar on JE deaths as Congress MLAs demanded answers on the tragic situation. Opposition leader Mishra and other members like Tara Bahinipati, Naba Das, Chandrashekhar Majhi and so on alleged that the state government spent close to Rs 7 crores to please industrialists and capitalists for Make in Odisha while ignoring the JE deaths.

“The state government is answerable for spending lavishly on Make In Odisha. While Jeypore paper  ill is dysfunctional and Koraput cottage industries are dead BJD government is showing false hopes of industrial growth,” said Majhi. Some members also criticised Naveen government for announcing ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh for SUM victims while only Rs 12,000 is being given to families of JE victims in Malkangiri.

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