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Odisha takes Mahanadi protest to Delhi streets

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New Delhi:  In a bid to mount pressure on the Central government to direct Chhattisgarh to stop construction of barrages upstream of Mahanadi, ‘Agami Odisha’,  a socio-cultural outfit, started its five-day long ‘Satyagraha’ at Jantar Mantar here on Tuesday.

Reports said around 170 activists, including 30 women, from Odisha staged a dharna holding idols of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra at the venue.

The protesters slammed the Chhattisgarh government while urging for the immediate implementation of National Green tribunal (NGT)’s directive to the neighbouring state.

Held under the aegis of ‘Mahanadi Bachao Satyagraha’, the sit-in will continue till August 12 and all Odisha MPS are likely to join the public protest.

“The basic purpose of the protest is to urge the Chhattisgarh Government to adhere to the NGT directive and stopping its construction work of 31 projects over the Mahanadi,” said Basudev Bhatt, convener, Agami Odisha.

He also demanded Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti to intervene in the matter for a quick solution to the ongoing row. He warned the ongoing dispute might strain the relationship between the two neighbouring states.

Notably, Odisha had already moved the Supreme Court over the issue.