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Friday, June 12, 2015
WIO's Mahanadi River Basin Update - 12th June 2015!
Mahanadi River Basin Update – 12th
(An occasional update from ‘Mahanadi River Basin Initiative’ of Water
Initiatives Odisha and Mahanadi River Waterkeeper)
Theme: Inter Linking of Rivers
Odisha Government is Right in Opposing the
Mahanadi-Godavari Link Project
learnt that the Government of Odisha has opposed the Mahanadi-Godavari River
Linking Project proposed by the Central Government. This is a right move and we welcome this
decision of the state government.
already a stressed River. Accelerated urbanisation, increased mining and
blind promotion of coal fired power plants has already dried up the River. In almost eight to nine months in a year the
River is not able to maintain even Minimum Ecological Flow. Irrigation as well as drinking water projects
are not able to meet targets and number of conflicts between different user
groups are growing by the day in the entire basin. Any diversion of water from the Mahanadi will
bring more chaos and misery to the basin communities.
feasibility studies of the river linking projects have always remained
controversial. Neither states nor
independent experts have been taken into confidence by successive governments
at the centre. A link that involves large dams and other construction
activities will have huge impact on ecology of the river system. Further the plan will also lead to social
unrest as large number of people will be displaced. Resettlement and rehabilitation of project
oustees has always been mired with controversies and states have miserably
failed in this. The project will
therefore not be feasible.
has been continuously marketed as a ‘Water Surplus’ river to attract investment
in mining and power sectors. However,
the data that are available at public domain are old and obsolete. Most of the documents in government that one
can access in public domain date back either to 1991 or 2001. This is completely unacceptable and speaks of
the obsolete systems in place.
We have urged
upon the Government of Odisha to come out with a Status Paper on the water
availability in the River Mahanadi with updated information. In this, the
government should closely and actively work with the Chhattisgarh government.
Some of the news coverage on this
update can be found at:
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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 and half decades now.