The Odisha government is planning to approach the Supreme Court for setting up of a tribunal under the law on inter-state water disputes. The start is hoping for firm and early solution for the Mahanadi dispute with Chhattisgarh.
"We will explore all options. We will leave no stone unturned to protect the interests of Odisha. That would certainly include the legal option of approaching the apex court for setting up of Tribunal under Interstate Water Dispute Act 1956," an official statement said on Saturday.
The government release quoted Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik who was in New Delhi for a tripartite meeting convened by Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti between the two Chief Ministers to resolve the dispute.
The serious environment threats posed by these projects will be decisively challenged in all suitable forums including National Green Tribunal (NGT), said the statement.
"Government of Chhattisgarh, despite all persuasive efforts, remained adamant at not agreeing to the just and equitable demands of Odisha," said the release.