Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Friday said he would leave no stone unturned to fight for the state’s rights in the Mahanadi water row. Since July, Odisha and Chhattisgarh are locked in a dispute over who has more rights on the 858 km-river that starts from a village in Dhamtari district of Chhattisgarh and meets the sea at Paradip. The river has a total catchment area of 141600 sq km. Of this, 53.9 per cent is in Chhattisgarh, 45.73 per cent in Odisha and the remaining in Madhya Pradesh.
The river, its tributaries and distributaries flow through 16 western and central Odisha districts and support economy and agriculture. Over the past decade, Chhattisgarh has built 10 barrages and minor irrigation projects on the river upstream. Odisha has earlier lodged a protest with Chhattisgarh government over the issue.
Naveen left for Delhi Friday to attend a tripartite meeting with Chhatisgarh CM Raman Singh and Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti Saturday on the issue. “I am thankful to friends from various organisations who came forward to give their valuable suggestions on the issue,” Naveen told reporters. “I assure that I will put my best efforts forward and leave no stone unturned in the fight for the rights of the people of our state.”