Cuttack: The Mahanadi Banchao Andolan members held a protest ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the city on Saturday to draw his attention to the Mahanadi river water dispute between Odisha and Chhattisgarh.
The members of the Andolan staged a silent ‘Jal Satyagraha’ and requested the Prime Minister to direct the Raman Singh-led Chhattisgarh Government to open the gates of Kalma barrage and release Mahanadi water.
Standing in knee-deep water of Mahandi River at Jobra with banners and placards in hand, the member highlighted the decline in the water-level of Mahanadi in the State.
“We welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Odisha. Mahanadi is the lifeline of Odisha and the Prime Minister would hold a public meeting on the river bed. At present, the river is in a precarious state and it is dying a slow death due to the closure of gates of Kalma barrage,” alleged Mahanadi Banchao Andolan convenor Sudarsan Das,.
“We request the Prime Minister to instruct Chhattisgarh to open the gates of Kalma barrage,” Das demanded.