Friday, June 28, 2013

Campaign Update: Healthy Rivers, Happy Cities - 28th June 2013!

We invite you to Healthy Mahanadi Festival

And Launching of our state wide Citizen Driven Campaign

Healthy Rivers, Happy Cities

Date: 29th June 2013 - Time: 3.30 PM - Place: Aranyak Mancha, Jhaduapada, Sambalpur

Let me first take this opportunity to thank you all very much for your constant support in the campaign build up so far.  The day has arrived and we are launching the campaign from Sambalpur.  This is to invite yet again, this time with a detailed agenda.  

We are pleased to inform you that Shri Panchahan Kanungo, Chairman of Institute of Public Finance and Policies, who is known for his concerns for Mahanadi and other rivers of Odisha, will be with us as the Chief Guest. 

Prof. Arttabandhu Mishra, Prof. Durga Prasad Nayak will join as the Guests of Honour. 

We are expecting participation of hundreds of eminent citizens of Sambalpur on the occasion where we plan to show a Citizen’s Video on Mahanadi’s pollution and take a pledge to Save Mahanadi, among other activities

We request you to please be with us on this day, encourage us and volunteer for the event.  

Looking forward to your participation and support.

Thanking you

On behalf of the Citizen’s Volunteers who are building the campaign at Sambalpur

Ranjan Panda

Convenor, Water Initiatives Odisha

 Email:, . Cell: +91-9437050103/+91-9937561700

28th June 2013
Water Initiatives Odisha (WIO) is a state level coalition of civil society organisations, farmers, academia, media and other concerned, which has been working on water, environment and climate change issues in the state for more than two decades now.


Morning Hours
Time                                      Activity                                                               Person Responsible
10 AM to 12 Noon            Drawing and Painting Competition                           Prashanta Majhi
                                                for school and college students

Afternoon Hours
3.30 PM                                Registration of Participants                                          Campaign volunteers
4.00 PM                                Lighting of Lamps                                                             Guests
To                                           Inaugurating Campaign Logo                                  Shri Panchanan Kanungo
                                                                                                                                                Chief Guest
4.45 PM                                Inauguration of Photo Exhibition                              Prof. Arttabandhu Mishra
                                                                                                                                        Guest of Honour
                                                Welcoming All                                                                   Prafulla Hota

            Mahanadi Song                                                       Ratan Pujari and Group

           Citizen’s Video on Mahanadi Pollution                   Campaign Volunteers

4.45 PM                                Technical Session to be presided by                          Dilip Kumar Padhi

To                                           Welcoming Guests to Dias                                           Prafulla Hota

5.30 PM                                A note on the Campaign                                               Ranjan Panda

                                          Opening of the Mahanadi Factsheet                       Prof. Durga Prasad Nayak
                                                                                                                                    Guest of Honour

                                                Distribution of Prizes                                                      Guests

                               Responses on Mahanadi Pollution                           Prof. Durga Prasad Nayak
                                                                                                             Prof. Arttabandhu Mishra
Shri Panchanan Kanungo

5.30 PM                                Open House Discussion on Way Forward              Moderators:

To                                           Citizen’s Response and preparing a                         Dilip Kumar Padhi
                                                Ctitizen’s Action Plan                                             Ranjan Panda
6.30 PM                               
                                                Taking the Mahanadi Pledge           Led by Ranjan PandaProminent and
                                                                                                          Senior Citizens of Sambalpur to Dias.
                                                Vote of Thanks and Closing                                Dr. Bijoy Kumar Pradhan

Tea and snacks to be served in between.

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