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Building a People
s Agenda for Management of RiverMahanadi
Treat Mahanadi as a River, not acommodity
Urge participants of Regional Dialogue
About 100 representatives of 32 dependent communities, farmers’ organisations and various civil
society groups from Odisha and Chhattisgarh gathered in Sambalpur to chalk out a joint strategy to oppose rapid industrial allocation of Mahanadi water. The Water Initiatives Odisha and
Chhattisgah’s Nadi Ghati Morcha hosted the gathering on December 23
Sambalpur: Dec 24, 2012In the first of its kind gathering that broughttogether groups from both the states sharingMahanadi water, the participants includingenvironmentalists and water dependentcommunities, demanded that localcommunities must be involved in managementof Mahanadi water, demand.
“Mahanadi should be treated as a river not a
commodity for mindless industrial
idRanjan Panda, Convenor of Water InitiativesOdisha, that took the lead in organizing theDialogue.About 40 million people depend on Mahanadifor survival in both the states. In the last 50years, water use from the river has increasedby more than seven times. Chhattisgarh hasplanned 58000 MW thermal power generationusing mostly Mahanadi water; Odisha hasplanned for 75000 MW.