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Chhattisgarh Govt refutes Odisha charge of blocking Mahanadi river water




 Chhattisgarh government today termed State governments allegation about blocking Mahanadi water at Kalma barrage there as ‘artificial.’

Chhattisgarh Water Resources minister Brijmohan Agrawal refuted the charges of Odisha that his government has not been releasing enough water in Mahanadi for downstream consumption.

He asserted that there has been no curtailment in the water quantity and the flow is normal.

“I feel they (BJD leaders) are making all artificial talks. The water inflow has remained intact as it was during the rainy season. We have not closed any gates and no water has been blocked”, Agrawal added.

After the Odisha government alleged Chhattisgarh closed the gates of Kalma barrage severely hitting the water inflow into Hirakud reservoir, the neighbouring State today countered the allegation of State terming the statements of Odisha leaders are artificial.

Notably, the ruling BJD leaders have been criticizing the neighbouring state for disobeying the federal structure and hitting Odisha’s interest in order to protect industries.

“Chhattisgarh went beyond the federal structure and is doing whatever is very unfortunate. In a bid to protect the industries, they resort to lying as their party is in power at Centre, BJD spokesperson Surya Narayan Patro had said.

The Farmers and fishermen downstream of Kalma on Friday complained about a reduction in water flow while locals from Bargaon village near the barrage allege that they are not getting enough water.

“Most of the water is being used by industries. We get no water to sustain our livelihood,” a local fisherman had said.

The ruling party in Odisha also has hinted at knocking doors of court against such unilateral exercise of Chhattisgarh.

”If they do not take our complaint seriously, the State government will be forced to consider other alternatives including moving the court,” BJD spokesperson Rabi Narayan Nanda has claimed.






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