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Case in HC wants to make Naveen, CWC party in PIL

Cuttack, Sep 16: At a time when Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik was leaving for New Delhi to attend a tripartite meeting on Mahanadi river water dispute, petitioner Barada Prasanna Patnaik on Friday filed a miscellaneous case in the Orissa High Court on Friday seeking to arraign Patnaik and Central Water Commission (CWC) as additional opposite parties in his original PIL on the Mahanadi issue.
The petitioner urged the court to issue notices to them.

Ashok Mohapatra, the petitioner’s counsel said relevant documents in this regard would be filed in the court soon appealing to it for issuance of notices to these two additional opposite parties.
Earlier this month, while adjudicating the PIL, the HC had served notices to the Odisha Government and the Centre asking them to file their responses within ten days on Mahanadi river water dispute between Odisha and Chhattisgarh.

The petitioner who happens to be the convenor Mahanadi Bachao Manch, a body fighting for the safety and protection of Mahanadi, had approached the court challenging the inaction of the Odisha Government in restricting the Chhattisgarh Government from constructing a slew of barrages upstream Mahanadi.

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