- Bhubaneswar: BJP’s Odisha Unit has alleged that the Naveen Patnaik Government is providing adequate river water to several industrial units across the state while the people of the state are facing huge shortage of drinking water during the summer.Addressing a press conference at the party Office here on Thursday, BJP state unit Vice President Sameer Mohanty said that the Naveen Government is falsely blaming neighbouring Chhattisgarh government for supplying river Mahanadi’s water to industries.More than 2608.2 million cubic metres of river water from 11 rivers have been provided to various industries across the state, Mohanty said. The Sesa Sterlite Limited alone is getting 30,000 cubic metres of river water every day.
The BJP leader further said that the Mahanadi river water supplied to industries across the state is ten times more than the amount used for drinking water purposes from the same rivers.
The government has decided that around 111.92 million cubic metres of river water from Mahanadi is to be used for industrial purpose while only 1280 million cubic metres of water is meant for drinking water, alleged Mr. Mohanty.
The BJP Vice President quoted from the data provided by the Chief Minister and Water Resources Minister Naveen Patnaik while responding to various queries on the floor of the State Legislate Assembly.