Mahanadi Tribunal issues notice to Chhattisgarh, Odisha and three other States

New Delhi/Bhubaneswar: The Mahanadi tribunal today issued notice to five States involved in Mahanadi affairs to send their respective representative to the tribunal.

The states include Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Maharastra have asked to send their representatives by August 6.

Meanwhile, Jagadguru Sankaracharya reacted to the ongoing dispute on Mahanadi water sharing issue.

He said the dispute can be sorted out through a mutual discussion as the river is flowing in both Odisha and Chhattisgarh. Many rivers from Nepal and Pakistan are flowing in India. All these countries stake claim over river water through an amicable discussion, he added.

The Chhattisgarh CM, at a press meet yesterday in Raipur, had said that no one can prevent them to take water from Mahanadi. He claimed that Chhattisgarh has one third share of the Mahanadi water as 85% catchment area of the river is in the State. “I think that we are utilising the right share of water and should use more. No one including the CWC can stop us from taking water,” he added.

Hitting out at Naveen Patnaik-led Odisha government, Sing said that BJD-government has raised the issue as the general election is approaching. BJD is only trying to gain political mileage out of it, he had added.

The statement sparked row in Odisha with BJD hitting out at Raman Singh saying that he has showed waywardness. It is clear from his statement that Chhattisgarh is violating the Supreme Court guidelines and is going against the federal structure.


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