Odisha government files suit in SC over Mahanadi water dispute

Odisha has filed an original suit in the Supreme Court seeking an injunction on Chhattisgarh from carrying on with construction work in projects on the upstream of river Mahanadi.

Odisha government files suit in SC over Mahanadi water dispute

Odisha has filed an original suit in the Supreme Court seeking an injunction on Chhattisgarh from carrying on with construction work in projects on the upstream of river Mahanadi.

Speaking in the Assembly, CM Naveen Patnaik said the original suit was filed on December 2 under Article 131 of the Constitution, seeking an injunction on the Chhattisgarh government from continuing with construction of barrages and from taking up future projects.



He said the "illegal actions" of the Chhattisgarh government in "unilaterally planning and constructing projects and barrages would spell socio-economic and ecological hazard" to Odisha and its inhabitants. He also said that the state government would take all out action to protect the interest of Oriya people.

"We have claimed as part of our equitable share a minimum flow of 12.28 million acre feet of Mahanadi water at Hirakud dam as per the DPR of Hirakud project of 1947 and a further utilisation of 3.67 million acre feet in the surplus flows," said Patnaik.


He said the state government had filed a statutory complaint on November 22, before the Centre under Section three of the Inter-State Water Disputes Act of 1956, for the constitution of Inter-State Tribunal to resolve the water dispute between the two states.

Stating that the government will leave no stones unturned to protect the rights of the people of the state in the Mahanadi issue, the chief minister thanked all organisations, political parties, farmers' organisations and individuals because of their valuable suggestion on the matter.