Chhattisgarh asks Odisha for completion of water project

Raipur: Chhattisgarh government has asked its counterpart in Odisha to complete the construction of hydraulic control gate structure project at the confluence of Indravati river and Jora Nala (canal) in Odisha.

In a letter to Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, state Water Resources Minister Brijmohan Agrawal said it is incumbent to complete the structure early, to resolve the Indravati-Jora canal water row between the two states, an official statement said here today.

The project is being constructed at Odisha’s Sutapadar village and will not only stop Indravati water from flowing into Jora canal but also give a lease of life to the river considered the lifeline of tribal-dominated Bastar region.

During a meeting organised by the Central Water Commission at New Delhi on 31 May 2002, it was decided to built two structures on Indravati river and Jora Canal?and distribute waters between the two states, the release quoted Agrawal as saying.

Subsequently, chief engineers of water resources department of Odisha and Chhattisgarh states held a meeting?on 23 December 2003 to hammer out a solution, he said.

“The construction work of the Hydraulic Control Structure as per the proposed drawing design will be done by the Odisha government,” he said.

“The construction of structure work was allocated to the Odisha Construction Corporation by the state of Odisha. The contract details mentions that the construction work will start on 25 March 2012 and will be completed on 24 June 2014.

The work was so tardy that the deadline was extended till June 2016,” the minister said.

Executive Engineer, Indravati Project Division, Jagdalpur and his team comprising technical officers along with counterparts from Odisha inspected the?construction site on April 23, during which the work was found to be at a standstill, he said.

As per Water Resources Department, Odisha there is likely to be a delay in the construction of structure which is a cause for worry to Chhattisgarh, Agrawal said.

The terms of agreement mentioned that the structure on Jora Canal will be built first.

Many letters and reminders have been sent from Chhattisgarh Secretary-level to the top officers of Odisha but to no avail, he added.