The residents of Aul and Rajkanika blocks in Kendrapara district on Wednesday intensified their protest against the proposed drinking water project on Kharasrota river at Rajkanika's Bharigada.
Earlier on Tuesday, the district administration had clamped prohibitory orders under Section 144 of CrPC for a period of two months in three panchayats to expedite the works on the mega drinking water project.
Meanwhile, police reportedly arrested over 35 members of the organisation after they staged a roadblock on Tuesday.
Following the prohibitory orders, Kharasrota Banchao Sangram Samiti (KBSS) has warned to intensify protests on Thursday following a high-level meeting of the workers in the organisation and the local residents.
Considering the problems of the residents of Aul and Rajkanika, the organisation has decided to continue their protest until the works for the proposed drinking water project came to a halt.
"We will leave no stones unturned to create hurdles for the government. The government authorities have to hold open discussion with us and take immediate steps to stop the drinking water project," said Debendra Sharma, KBSS convenor.
Meanwhile, KBSS Secretary Bidhan Das said, "We will intensify our battle from Thursday. And, we won't stop until the government stops the proposed drinking water project on Kharasrota river."
It is pertinent to mention here that the proposed drinking water project is supposed to be implemented by drawing water from the Kharasrota river. The KBSS has been opposing the mega drinking water project for the last two years.