Patna, Jan 25 (Agencies): Charging its neighbouring state of Uttar Pradesh for not releasing water in the Sone canal affecting rabi crop in the state, Bihar government on Tuesday said that it will seek Central intervention to sort out the matter.

The government will raise the issue of increasing the state's quota from Rihand reservoir in UP and Bansagar reservoir in Madhya Pradesh by amending the 1973 Bansagar water sharing agreement among the three states, the state Water Resources Minister Vijay Chaudhary told reporters here.

The joint operation group comprising the Central minister and the state ministers representing Water Resources departments will be urged to resolve the matter for increase in the irrigation water for Bihar, he said.

Chaudhary said that Bihar has no grievance with Madhya Pradesh with regard to release of its quota of water from Bansagar reservoir, but Uttar Pradesh government was adamant about not releasing water to its neighbour this year citing its domestic demand.

The minister said that besides putting pressure on Uttar Pradesh for release of water, the water resources ministry was also mulling measures to manage its water resources for maximum use towards irrigation.