Decision on Godavari-Mahanadi river linking only after thorough consideration: Patnaik

Odisha Government will take concrete decision over Godavari-Mahanadi river linking project only after a thorough consideration, state Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has said.

According to Patnaik, his government would reach a final conclusion over the issue only after thorough discussion between the officials of the state government and the Centre.

The Chief Minister had yesterday evening held discussion with Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti in Bhubaneswar.

Patnaik’s statement comes after Bharti has said that the Godavari-Mahanadi river linking project will boost the agriculture sector and solve drinking water problem in Odisha. She said that a total of Rs. 30,000 crore would be spent on the project and the Centre will bear 90 per cent of the cost.