Mahanadi row: Odisha to take up water release by Chhattisgarh with CWC

Bhubaneswar: The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and BJP in Odisha are once again at logger heads over one-sided operation and release of water by Chhattisgarh government through Kalma barrage.

Accusing the Chhattisgarh of releasing ‘excess water’ from Mahanadi River without prior information, Odisha today hinted of raising such issue with the Central Water Commission (CWC).

The sudden release of water from the upper catchment area of the Mahanadi will affect flood water management in Odisha during heavy rains.

Earlier, there was a dispute between both the States as Chhattisgarh had refused to open the gates of Kalma barrage on the Mahanadi during summer despite repeated pleas by the Odisha government, said BJD Spokesperson Prashant Nanda.

BJD MP Arjun Sethi on the other hand blamed ‘lack of coordination’ responsible for the dispute as there are separate governments in both the States.

However, BJP legislator Pradeep Purohit refuted any flood-like situation and accused the ruling party of politicizing the Mahanadi river water issue.

Under no circumstances, flood-like situation would be allowed in Odisha and the State BJP would put pressure on Centre and Chhattisgarh government on the issue.