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Tag: Mahanadi

BJD’s ‘Jal Satyagraha’ to protest Raman Singh’s Odisha visit

Bhubaneswar: Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh’s Odisha tour to campaign for BJP in the ensuing panchayat polls may not be a smooth ride as the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has decided to stage jal satyagraha (sit-in protest inside water) from tomorrow, to protest Singh’s stand on the Mahanadi water sharing issue. Activists in large […]

33% less water entered Hirakud Dam in Dec last: Chief Engineer

Burla/Bhubaneswar: The Chief Engineer of Upper Mahanadi basin has informed the Water Resources department 33% less water had entered the Hirakud Dam built on Mahanadi river in last December as compared to the average flow in past ten years. The Chief Engineer report further stated 0.123 million acre feet water of Mahanadi river entered the […]

Odisha to go to any extent to stop Mahanadi barrage: BJD

New Delhi: Raising the controversial issue of construction of a barrage on Mahanadi by Chhattisgarh government, a BJD MP today said Odisha will go to any extent to stop it as it would impact the lives of farmers. Participating in the debate on the Motion of Thanks in the Lok Sabha, Bhartruhari Mahtab recalled history […]

Dharmendra should take clear stand on Mahanadi issue: Bijay Mohapatra

Bhubaneswar: Senior BJP leader Bijay Mohapatra today said his party leader and Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan should refrain from giving varied opinions on Mahanadi issue. “The Union minister should refrain from giving different statements on Mahanadi issue at different places,” he told media persons here. Asked about the inaction of the state government in expediting […]

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Odisha Congress wants PM to intervene in Mahanadi water dispute

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (PCC) President Prasad Harichandan on Monday sought the intervention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to resolve the Mahanadi water dispute with Chhattisgarh. In a letter to the Prime Minister, the PCC President urged him to ensure formation of an Inter-State River Water Dispute Tribunal and direct the Chhattisgarh government to […]

Dharmendra wants to save his RS seat: Surya Patro

Bhubaneswar: Mahanadi water sharing issue continues to hold the centre-stage even during the panchayat poll campaigning, as the ruling BJD and Opposition BJP lock horns over the issue. A day after BJP criticising chief minister Naveen Patnaik for not supporting the Negotiation Committee on Mahanadi, the ruling party on Monday said that Union Petroleum minister […]

Naveen has rejected Negotiation Committee due to vested political interest: BJP

Bhubaneswar: The BJP today came down heavily on the double standards of Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Mahanadi issue. Criticising the chief minister, who in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday had urged him to withdraw the formation of Negotiation Committee formed by the Water Resources ministry to resolve the Mahanadi […]

Naveen rejects Centre's negotiation committee on Mahanadi issue

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik informed Prime Minister Narendra Modi today that Odisha government has rejected the Centre’s negotiation committee on Mahanadi river water dispute with Chhattisgarh. Patnaik in his letter, however, said he was open to attending a meeting at the prime minister’s level as a last chance to settle the river water dispute […]

Mahanadi row: BJD, Congress reject negotiation committee

Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: A day after the Centre constituted a negotiation committee to resolve the Mahanadi water dispute, the BJD-led State government showed reluctance to accept the panel constituted to assess the availability and utilisation of water in the Mahanadi river and its tributaries. “Still the Centre has proposed for a negotiation even after the meeting […]

Panel to examine existing Mahanadi water sharing agreements

New Delhi: Taking cognisance of complaint made by Odisha over sharing of Mahanadi water, the Centre has constituted a committee to assess availability and utilisation of water in the river and its tributaries. According to an official statement issued by Union Water Resources Ministry, the panel will examine existing water sharing agreements on river Mahanadi […]

Some opposing Mahanadi river linking project to reap political benefits: Uma

New Delhi: The opposition to river linking project involving Mahanadi by a “section of people” in BJD-ruled Odisha is aimed at reaping political benefits, Union Minister Uma Bharti alleged today even as she sought to allay apprehensions that project will “take away” the river’s water. Union Water Resources Minister Bharti also asked officials to make […]

Chhattisgarh refutes charges of blocking Mahanadi water at Kalma

Bhubaneswar: After the Odisha government alleged Chhattisgarh closed the gates of Kalma barrage severely hitting the water inflow into Hirakud reservoir, the neighbouring State today countered the allegation of State terming the statements of Odisha leaders are artificial. Water Resources minister of Chhattisgarh Brijmohan Agrawal refuted the charges that created much hue and cry in […]

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Chhattisgarh continues to block Mahanadi water at Kalma barrage

Sundergarh: Neighbouring Chhattisgarh has continued to block Mahanadi water to Odisha through the Kalma barrage severely affecting the water flow into the Hirakud reservoir. According to sources, over the past one and a half month, out of the 67 gates of the barrage, water is being released through one gate only in a bid to […]

Odisha annual bird census concludes

Bhubaneswar/Athagarh/Brahmagiri: The Wildlife wing of the Odisha Forest department today undertook simultaneous bird counting at the Ansupa lake, Mahanadi river bed, Brahmagiri range and three forest divisions in Baripada. Total 67 teams were formed and participated in the bird census at Ansupa lake and the Mahanadi river bed under the Athagarh range. Goura Gopal Singh, […]

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Old currency notes found floating in Mahanadi

Sambalpur: Old currency notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 denomination were spotted floating in river Mahanadi at Marawadipada ghat here in the city today. Locals informed the police after spotting the notes no-long-in use. Police have reached the spot and seized shredded old currencies. The reason of dumping old notes is being probed, said […]

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Odisha mulls gauge site after Chhattisgarh shuts Kalma dam gates

Bhubaneswar: Even as the controversy over the projects on river Mahanadi continues, the Chhattisgarh had closed all the gates of Kalma barrage for two days hitting severely the flow of water into Hirakud reservoir. The State government has expressed concern over the matter after engineer-in-chief wrote to the secretary of Water Resources department apprising that […]

2017 a year of challenges for Odisha govt

Bhubaneswar:  After managing to come out of the cobweb of confrontations and controversies in 2016, the Odisha government will set its feet on its fourth year of its fourth term in 2017. But some of the challenges it had encountered last year will chase like a shadow in 2017. Out of the major challenges the […]

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A year of drawing flak for Odisha government

Bhubaneswar: The SUM Hospital tragedy, poor healthcare, shoddy handling of the Mahanadi water-sharing dispute and the CBI inquiry into the multi-crore chit fund scam dogged the Naveen Patnaik-led Odisha government in the outgoing year. The “shame walk” of a tribal with his wife’s body, the death of 20 children due to malnutrition and the Japanese […]

Naveen blows Panchayat poll bugle on BJD foundation day

Bhubaneswar: BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik today blew the bugle at the party’s 19th foundation day for the ensuing Panchayat polls in Odisha scheduled in February next year. “All the grassroots workers of BJD including its president are the servants of the people and with this mindset we will go to the people with a message […]

Convert main road in sub divisional hqrs to four lane: CM tells Works dept

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today directed the Works department to convert the main road in all sub-divisional headquarters to four-lane. The directive of the chief minister came during a review meeting on the performance of the Works department at the State Secretariat here. It was revealed that barring Malkangiri, main road in the remaining […]

Separate Tribunal to solve Mahanadi water dispute: Pradhan

Sambalpur: Clearing the air on the Centre’s recent decision to set up a single Tribunal to adjudicate all inter-state river water disputes, Union Petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday said that a Tribunal will be formed to solve Mahanadi issue between Odisha and Chhattisgarh. “As demanded by the State government, based on current laws, a […]

Mahanadi row: Cong moves privilege motion against Odisha CM

Bhubaneswar: Leader of Opposition Narsingh Mishra today moved a privilege motion in the State Assembly against Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for providing misleading information on Mahanadi in the House. Mishra alleged that the Chief Minister had furnished false information in response to a calling attention motion on August 5, 2010. Moreover, Mishra also said that […]

Mahanadi row: Odisha to file interim petition in SC

Bhubaneswar: After filing an injunction suit, the Odisha government has begun the process to file an interim petition in Supreme Court on Mahanadi water sharing dispute with Chhattisgarh. According to sources, the petition will seek immediate halt to project work being undertaken by the Chhattisgarh government on the upper catchment areas of the Mahanadi. “The […]

Human chain not now, says BJD

Bhubaneswar: As the State government has moved Supreme Court seeking injunction on the constructions over river Mahanadi by Chhattisgarh government, the BJD has put its proposed plan for a mega human chain on hold. Talking to the reporter BJD spokesperson and MLA Sashibhushan Behera said the party may go for a mass movement in future […]

Water bearing capacity of Hirakud dam has decreased: CM

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today said the water bearing capacity of Hirakud dam has considerably decreased. “The water bearing capacity of Hirakud dam, which was 5834 million cubic feet after its construction, has now come down to 4823 million cubic feet,” Patnaik said in a written reply to a question by BJD member Prafulla […]