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Pradeep Pattanayak

The controversy erupted following the goof-up spotted in the Class-X Geography book published by the Board of Secondary Education, Odisha regarding the location of Machkund Hydroelectric Project of our State has been solved. 

The Class-X Geography book mentions that the project, which is originally in Koraput district of Odisha, is located in Andhra Pradesh.

The Board has asked all the district education officers (DEOs) to ensure teachers should teach students by making corrections. In this regard, the Board has written letters to all DEOs. 

The teachers have been directed to teach students that the Machkund hydel project mentioned on page no. 69 of the Geography book is located both in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. Similarly, the teachers have also been asked to teach the students that the Balimela power project is a hydroelectric power project and not a thermal one as it has been mentioned on page no. 65 of the same book. 

At a time when Andhra Pradesh is eyeing on several bordering areas of Odisha with Kotia being the prominent one, the goof-up had given rise to dissatisfaction among the people of the State. 

The students of Class X had been taught that the Machkund dam is situated in Andhra Pradesh for the last four years till the blunder was pointed out by the Geography teacher of Mahadeiput High School Jogesh Khora. 

Notably, Machkund Hydroelectric Project is situated at Lamtaput block in Koraput on Odisha-Andhra Pradesh border and it was commissioned in 1955 by the first President of India Dr Rajendra Prasad.

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