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Centre did not ask Chhattisgarh to halt work on Mahanadi: Naveen

Bhubaneswar, Sep 18: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Sunday alleged that the Centre did not insist on the Chhattisgarh Government to halt barrage work on the Mahanadi.

“The Chhattisgarh Government refused to stop construction works on the Mahanadi at the tripartite meeting in Delhi. I insisted that the construction work on the Mahanadi, including the barrages should stop immediately till the expert committee can look into the whole matter. Unfortunately the Centre also did not either insist on Chhattisgarh to halt the works,” said Patnaik here on his return from New Delhi.

He further explained that the river Mahanadi is the lifeline of Odisha.

“It serves 65% of our population in way of drinking water, irrigation, power generation, fisheries, etc. Also, if the construction works are carried on in Chhattisgarh, it will damage the delicate environmental balance in such sanctuaries as Satkosia, Bhitarkanika and the Chilika lake,” he said.

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