Bhubaneswar : The Odisha government today clarified that it was not informed about the Kelo project and no letter to that effect was ever received from the Chhattisgarh government. The state government also slammed the Central Water Commission (CWC) and Chhattisgarh government for not inviting Odisha to the meeting when the approval was accorded to the Kelo project.
Addressing a press meet on the issue, Odisha Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi said; “We want to clarify that Odisha government has not received any letter from the Chhattisgarh government contrary to media reports, which showed two letters were received from the chief engineer and the water resources secretary of Chhattisgarh in July and September 2008. Moreover, in January 2009, there was a meeting of the Central Water Commission (CWC), in which the Kelo project on Mahanadi was cleared. The documents that we have obtained clearly show that Odisha was not invited to the meeting. Even after the clearance of the project, Odisha was not informed about it. It is clear that the the the Kelo project was approved behind our backs. The CWC has also cleared the project without consulting us. As a co-basin state, Odisha has the absolute right to be consulted before clearing such a project.”