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Amid the ongoing water-sharing dispute between Odisha and Chhattisgarh, Mahanadi Water Disputes Tribunal is now visiting the lower catchment areas of the river after reviewing the upper catchment areas of the river system.
As per the schedule, a nine-member team of the tribunal along with 24 officials from both States will visit Chilika and its mouth region to take stock of the situation.
The team will reach Satapada in two helicopters and from there they will be taken to Chilika mouth in a boat, sources informed.
The team will also visit the deltaic river system including the bifurcation point of Daya and Bhargavi rivers and the Kushabhadra river confluence at Ramchandi near Konark.
Complete Itinerary of the Tribunal
The team has visited Hirakud Dam, power channel, Burla power house, and the proposed Parbati Giri Mega-Lift Irrigation Project at Rampila.
On the second day, the tribunal visited Chiplima power house, Bargarh mail canal, Attabira branch canal and the proposed additional spillway, head regulator of Sambalpur distributary and the head regulator of Sason main canal.
Ib Thermal Power Station and Dam projects in Jharsuguda and Sundargarh.
Visit to Upper Jonk Irrigation Project and Saipala Dam in Nuapada
Visit to CWC gauge site on the Mahanadi River at Tikarpada and Satkosia Gorge sanctuary.
Rest at Bhubaneswar.
Visit to Mahanadi delta, its barrages and Maritime museum at Cuttack. The tribunal will visit Mundali & Puri main canal, Sapua river confluence, Naraj barrage, Mahanadi barrage and Birupa barrage.
The tribunal will visit Chilika Lake at Satpada and its mouth at sea on the 8th day of their visit.
They will visit the deltaic river system including the bifurcation point of Daya and Bhargavi rivers and the Kushabhadra river confluence at Ramchandi near Konark.