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Mahanadi issue: Suit filed in SC, seeks injunction against Chhattisgarh

Bhubaneswar, Dec 3: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday informed the State Assembly that the State Government on Friday filed an original suit in the Supreme Court seeking an injunction against the Chhattisgarh Government from continuing with the construction of ongoing projects and from taking up future projects.

“An original suit has filed in the Supreme Court under Article 131 of the Constitution of India on December 2,” Patnaik told the House.

He said the illegal actions of Chhattisgarh Government in unilaterally planning and constructing projects and barrages in the upper catchment of Mahanadi would spell socio-economic and ecological hazard to our State and its inhabitants.

“My Government will take all out efforts to protect the interests of the people of our State. We have claimed as a part of our equitable share a minimum flow of 12.28 million acre feet of Mahanadi water at Hirakud Dam as per the DPR of Hirakud project of 1947 and a further utilisation of 3.67 million acre feet in the surplus flows,” said Patnaik.

He said the Government has filed a statutory complaint before the Central Government under Section 3 of the Inter-State Water Disputes Act of 1956 for the constitution of an Inter-State Tribunal to adjudicate the water disputes arising from unilaterally planned utilisation of 27.48 million acre feet of Mahanadi water by the State Government of Chhattisgarh as against a total availability of minimum flow in Mahanadi river of 20.61 million acre feet only on November 22.

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