Bhubaneswar: The Biju Janata Dal (BJD) today formed steering committee on Mahanadi and Polavaram issues.
BJD president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik nominated senior party leaders and Rajaya Sabha Prasanna Acharya and Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, party vice-president Debi Prasad Mishra and Chandra Sekhar Sahu as members of the committee.
Meanwhile, a tribunal has been formed to resolve the Mahanadi river water sharing between Odisha and Chhattisgarh. The BJD is blaming the BJP-ruled Centre and Chhattisgarh for the construction of barrages upstream Mahanadi.
On the other hand, the Chief Minister wrote to Union Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan seeking immediate operationalization of the ‘Stop Work Order’ on construction work of Polavaram Project, till issues pertaining to Odisha’s interests are resolved.
The Chief Minister had written similar letters of protest to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 16, 2015 and November 28, 2017.
The CM said that Odisha was not informed about the ‘Stop Work Order’ and being kept in abeyance by Union Ministry of Environment and Forest, which has allowed the construction works to go on without hindrance.