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
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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