Union Minister of state for petroleum and natural gas, Dharmendra Pradhan on Thursday questioned the ‘silence’ of the Odisha government over the last fortnight over the proposal by the Centre and the Chhattisgarh government to set up a Joint Control Board to resolve issues pertaining to sharing of Mahanadi water. 

The ruling BJD in Odisha can go on playing politics over the issue, but what about the responsibility of the state government, asked Pradhan while denouncing the dilatory tactic. 

First it was the Odisha government which sought one month&’s time when the water resources ministry wanted to convene a meeting in June. 

When the meeting was held in July as per the Odisha government&’s availability, the Chief Secretary of Odisha sought time to respond to the suggestion of a joint control board. 

Fifteen days have passed and there is no response to the suggestion of a board, noted Pradhan. 

The issues involving construction of barrages and dams up stream of Mahanadi by the Chhattisgarh government is a matter of concern for Odisha and the state government ought to show urgency to resolve it, stated Pradhan on Thursday.