Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ask the Union Ministry of Water Resources to issue necessary directions to Chhattisgarh to stop construction work on six barrages on Mahanadi River.

Patnaik in a letter has sought intervention of the Prime Minister for implementation of the Supreme Court order to constitute a Tribunal to resolve the ongoing Mahanadi water dispute between Odisha and Chhattisgarh at the earliest.

Earlier, the apex court had directed the Centre on January 23, 2018 to form a Tribunal within a period of one month under Section 4 (1) of the Act of 1956 for adjudicating the Inter-State Water Disputes between the two States.

"Further pending the constitution and functioning of the Tribunal, I would be grateful, if you could instruct the Union Ministry of Water Resources to issue necessary administrative directions under Article 26 of the Constitution to Chhattisgarh to stop construction works on the ongoing projects, particularly six barrages," Patnaik wrote in the letter.

Patnaik further stated that if the construction of these projects is not stopped immediately, then Odisha would be forced to meet a situation of ' fait accompli' frustrating the adjudication under the provision of the Act of 1956 enacted by the Parliament.

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