Sambalpur: Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan today admitted that Odisha is facing water scarcity in Mahanadi during non-moonsoon season due to blockage of Chhattisgarh in the upper catchment area. He said he is ready to cooperate with the CM if he takes measures to put pressure on Chhattisgarh.
“Chhattisgarh is blocking water in the upstream. Odisha is not getting adequate water during non-monsoon season. We will never compromise on the interest of Odisha. There is need to pressurise Chhatisgarh for water. The Chief Minister should take measures and we will cooperate with him,” Pradhan said while addressing a press meet in Sambalpur.
He also criticised the Odisha government for not constructing adequate projects in the lower catchment area to store water for non-monsoon season. Both the States are supplying water to industries, he added.
Reacting to Pradhan, BJD vice-president and Mahanadi steering committee member Prasanna Acharya said that Dharmendra admitted the fact late under public pressure. The State government has been putting pressure on Centre and Chhattisgarh, he added. It will be fruitful more if the Union minister joins hands with us and pressurise the neighbouring State as well as the Centre, Acharya maintained.