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Tag: Mahanadi

Rivers on rise in Odisha but no flood threat for State as rains to abate from today

Bhubaneswar: Even as water-level in almost all the rivers in Odisha are on the rise and are nearing the danger level, no threat of flood looms large over the State as the rainfall is set to abate from today. But the water level in Mahanadi, Budhabalanga, Brahmani and Baitarani is likely to post a rise […]

Odisha's Five Major Rivers Polluted!

Bhubaneswar: Amid concerns over rising pollution in water bodies, State Forest and Environment Minister Bikram Keshari Arukh today, in reply to BJP MLA Mohan Majhi in Assembly, said that five major rivers in Odisha- Mahanadi, Shankha, Koel, Brahmani and Baitarani, have become polluted as they are fed with discharges from industries and urban local bodies. […]

Will Mahanadi survive? 'Chhattisgarh planning 1800 more projects’

Bhubaneswar: As Odisha is eagerly waiting for a resolution in the Mahanadi water dispute, Chhattisgarh seems to be planning more projects to further throttle the water flow of the river. Data furnished by the Centre in the Rajya Sabha has not only raised doubts over an amicable solution in the long-standing dispute between Odisha and […]

Weak Embankments Give Sleepless Nights To Locals In Banki, Gunupur

Bhubaneswar: With the onset of monsoon in Odisha, people residing in villages under Banki Sub-division in Cuttack district and Gunupur in Rayagada district are having sleepless nights. They are a worried lot now as embankments have become weak and are without stone packing at many places. The embankment along Mahanadi river from Baideswara to Bhagipur […]

After President’s mention, focus back on Mahanadi pollution

Sambalpur: A day after President Ram Nath Kovind stressed on Centre’s plans to extend the ‘Namami Gange’ scheme up to Odisha, the focus has again shifted on the rampant pollution in Mahanadi, the life line of the State. At present, polluted water from several industries is being directly discharged into Mahanadi river. Similarly, untreated waste […]

Op-Ed: Hirakud dam needs a fresh look

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: With monsoon likely to arrive in the state soon focus will shift to flood management and Hirakud dam over Mahanadi will be at the centre of the discussions over the issue. The dam, one of the first multipurpose irrigation projects of the country, has courted several controversies in the past with […]

Op-Ed: Smaller Wetlands, Too, Need Attention

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: Odisha government’s exclusive obsession with Chilika, Asia’s largest brackish water lake, has practically sealed the fate of  comparatively smaller wetlands which play an equally important role in preserving the state’s rich biodiversity. The plight of Ansupa, a freshwater lake on the banks of Mahanadi in Cuttack district which is returning back to […]

Op-Ed: Modi-Naveen meeting, a significant encounter

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: On his first visit to Delhi after taking up the reins of the state for the fifth time chief minister, Naveen Patnaik is scheduled to meet Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. This is no ordinary meeting. To begin with this will be their first meeting after taking charge of their respective offices […]

BJD mahanadi, Polavaram
Op-Ed: Hype Over Mahanadi and Special Category Demand Seems Unreal

By Ashutosh Mishra Bhubaneswar: On the eve of the elections, chief minister Naveen Patnaik had declared that the demand for special category status to Odisha would be a major poll issue. His party, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), had also sought to highlight state’s dispute with neighbouring Chhattisgarh over the sharing of Mahanadi waters in […]

Mahanadi water dispute: Tribunal for more dialogue between Odisha, Chhattisgarh

New Delhi: Giving another chance to Odisha and Chhattisgarh to resolve the stand-off over Mahanadi water through dialogues, the Mahanadi Water Disputes Tribunal today directed both the States to hold another round of discussion before May 11. The tribunal asked the states to reach an amicable settlement. Considering a proposal moved by Chhattisgarh, the court […]

Mahanadi tribunal suggests Odisha, Chhattisgarh to amicably resolve interim application

New Delhi/ Bhubaneswar: The Mahanadi Water Disputes Tribunal today concluded the hearing on the interim application filed by Odisha government pleading for release of 1.74 million acre-foot water by Chhattisgarh during non-monsoon months. A 3-judge bench comprising chairperson AM Khanwilkar, Justice Ravi Ranjan and Justice Indermit Kaur directed both the Chhattisgarh and Odisha governments to […]

Death toll in Kendrapara boat tragedy rises to 10

Kendrapara: The death toll in Kendrapara boat tragedy rose to 10 after the body of a six-year-old minor girl was recovered from Mahanadi river near Nipania in district today. Moreover, tension prevailed at Hasina village after locals opposed people’s representatives who had gone to the village to disburse ex gratia to the family members of […]

Kendrapara boat capsize: Death toll rises to 9; CM announces ex-gratia

Kendrapara: The death toll in the boat capsize incident in Mahanadi river mouth near Nipania in Kendrapara reached nine after eight more bodies were recovered late last night. All the deceased including two women and seven children have been identified as residents of Hasina village in Kujang area of Jagatsinghpur. As per latest reports, one […]

One killed, 7 missing after boat capsizes in Mahanadi

Kendrapara: One person was killed while seven others went missing after a boat capsized in Mahanadi river mouth near Nipania in Kendrapara today evening. According to sources, the boat was reportedly ferrying picnickers who were returning from Hukitola Lighthouse to Kujang area of Paradip. As per latest reports, Fire tenders have reached the spot and […]

Expert team from Odisha blames Chhattisgarh for stopping Mahanadi water

Bhubaneswar: The Mahanadi river water dispute between Odisha and Chhattisgarh doesn’t seem to end soon as an inspection team which visited several projects in Chhattisgarh found that the neighbouring State is not releasing adequate amount of river water. According to sources, the team led by the Chief Engineer of Hirakud dam Jyotirmayee Ratha visited several […]

Odisha to spend Rs 448 cr for green cover along river banks

Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Cabinet today approved a proposal to create green cover along the banks of major rivers such as the Mahanadi, Brahmani, Baitarini and Rusikulya to rejuvenate the water bodies. The plantation work will be taken up at a cost of Rs 448 crore within one km width along both sides of the major […]

'Bali Jatra' to be held for 11 days this year

Cuttack: The historic ‘Bali Jatra’ festival in Cuttack will be held for a duration of 11 days this year instead of 7 days.The annual festival will be organised on the banks of river Mahanadi at Gadagadia ghat in the evening hours. While district administration has begun preparations for the festival, several programmes have been scheduled […]

Five Jumbos swept away by flood water in Mahanadi

Cuttack: At least five elephants were swept away by flood water in Mahanadi River near Mundali in Cuttack today morning. Reportedly, the incident took place when a herd of around 20 elephants were crossing the river while going from Athagarh to Chandaka forest. According to sources, the wild elephants used to cross the river on […]

SRC flood situation in Odisha
Collectors On Alert Though Flood Situation So Far Is Normal: SRC

Bhubaneswar: Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi has asked the district Collectors in Mahanadi system to remain alert and take precautionary measures in view of the excess floodwater being released from the Hirakud Dam. However, he has also stated the situation at present as ‘normal’. On the possibilities of a flood situation in different districts coming […]

Flood threat looms large in Boudh, Subarnapur; villagers in panic

Sonepur/Boudh: Villagers living alongside Mahanadi river in Boudh and Subarnapur districts are a harried lot as flood water is being released from Hirakud Dam through 25 gates today. Moreover, water flowing from upper catchment areas of Mahanadi has caused swelling of the river though rain has subsided. By now, acres of farmland have been inundated […]

Garbage dumping at Mahanadi, Kathajodi bank continues unabated

Cuttack: Despite directives issued by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) asking the local administration not to allow garbage dumping at Mahanadi and Kathajodi river beds, disposal of waste and building construction debris continues unabated in Cuttack. Tractors and trucks can be seen dumping heaps of garbage on the river bed at regular intervals which has […]

Hirakud Dam opens 20 gates, water to reach Mundali today night

Sambalpur: The Hirakud dam authorities on Tuesday night opened five more sluice gates to manage the increasing water level in the reservoir. So far a total of 20 gates have been opened to discharge rain water from the reservoir to the Mahanadi River. Although the authorities had  decide to open only 15 gates, five more […]

Special Relief Commissioner dismisses possibility of flood in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: There is no flood-like situation in Mahanadi and the water discharge at Mundali has reduced, informed Special Relief Commissioner Bishnupada Sethi today. “Currently, less than 4.5 lakh cusec of water is being discharged. The water level in Baitarani has also come down so there is no chance of flood,” Sethi said. “Rainfall in last […]

Flood fury: Water gushes into Maa Bhattarika temple

Badamba: The flood water of Mahanadi River entered the sanctum sanctorum of Maa Bhattarika temple in Narasinghpur of Cuttack district in the wee hours today. Sources said the water flooded the temple premises at around 3 am. However, the flooding did not affect the conduct of rituals of the deity as the temple committee shifted […]

Water level swells in major rivers across Odisha

Boudh: Villagers living alongside Mahanadi, Devi, Baitarani and Tel Rivers are in a state of panic as water level in these rivers has risen following torrential rain. As per reports, a bridge was washed away in Chandigada village under Boudh block after sudden inflow of flood water; as such the village has been cut-off from […]