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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
New Delhi/Bhubaneswar, Jan 19:

In the backdrop of the Mahanadi water sharing dispute between Odisha and Chhattisgarh, the Union government has constituted a negotiation committee to assess availability and utilisation of water in the river and its tributaries, asking it to submit its report within three weeks.

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Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has constituted a negotiations committee to assess availability and utilisation of waters of Mahanadi and its tributaries. The committee will also examine existing water sharing agreements on river Mahanadi and will consider claims of Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Jharkhand regarding availability and utilisation of waters of these rivers, an official statement issued by Union Water Resources Ministry said today.

The committee has been set up with reference to complaint of Odisha under section 3 of the ISRWD Act, 1956 regarding utilisation of waters of Mahandi basin.

The committee will be chaired by Member (WP&P), Central Water Commission and will have 11 other members comprising representatives from the Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Jharkhand, Union Ministries of Agriculture, Environment Forest and Climate Change, Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, India Meteorological Department and Central Water Commission.