Mahanadi Row; BJD to protest at Railway stations of Odisha for Mahanadi issue on Aug 3

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Bhubaneswar, Aug 1: By protesting the project work on Mahanadi River, and demanding to stop all the project work on the river, BJD will hold a protest rally against the Chhattisgarh Government on August 3 in front of railway stations all over the state. They have also decided to stop all the trains going to Chhattisgarh for 30 minutes on that day.

A rally in front of the Central Water Commission’s (CWC) Bhubaneswar office will also be held on the same day.

While addressing the media, Debi Prasad Mishra, Minister of Industries, School & Mass Education, said that Odisha was not invited in the clearance meeting of the Kelo Project neither any consultation had been done with Odisha. The Kelo project has affected many districts of Odisha. Due to the various projects on Mahanadi river by Chhattisgarh, the water level of the Hirakud Dam has gone down to 6%.  Chhattisgarh government has said that they are using 25% of the Mahanadi river water. But actually they are consuming more than 80% water of Mahanadi which has thus affected the Hirakud Dam water level and will also affect the agriculture and electricity production of the State.

He also informed that, if Chhattisgarh Government will not take any steps regarding this, legal steps will be taken against Chhattisgarh.

BJD, on Monday in a press conference held at BJD party office, informed that, the fact given by the Chhattisgarh Government is misleading and false. State’s two ministers working in the BJP have not given their statements till now. BJD has demanded for their statements regarding this matter.

BJD has sought for an investigation on this matter. An investigative team that will visit Chhattisgarh will be announced on August 5 by the BJD.

Notably, the State government on Monday smashed onto the Central Water Government Commission (CWC) and Chhattisgarh government and said that no information had been provided by Chhattisgarh Government regarding the Kelo project and also said that Odisha had not been invited during the approval of the Kelo project.

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