- Release a white paper, through constitution of an independent inquiry committee, on the flood management by the dam with day wise details from August 1st to September to 30th providing information on what all factors were considered – with all details there in – to keep the reservoir at a particular level on a particular date. This should include the flood forecasting upstream and downstream; inflow and outflow at different stations and travelling time of flood waters between stations; flood warnings issued; so on and so forth.
- Revise the Rule Curve with immediate effect considering the past experiences of floods, climate change and related factors.
- Release a status paper on the life, threats and priorities of the Hirakud Dam.
- Upgrade and modernise the flood and weather forecasting as well as warning mechanisms in place.
- Start dialoguing with the people of the river basin and devise a Flood Management Policy that talks about river basin management through forest and run-off water conservation; flood plain zoning and management; clearing congestion at the deltaic plains; initiates an interstate mechanism with Chhattisgarh to manage the Mahanadi and its ecology.
- Refrain from any further big dam and barrages across the river. Instead, go for small water harvesting and irrigation structures that will not only control flood in a decentralized manner but also recharge the basin as a whole.
- Review the water allocation to industries from the Hirakud reservoir and upstream rivers and stop giving away any further water to industries from there.
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