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  • A new study, Mahanadi: Coal Rich, Water-Stressed sheds light on how both Odisha and Chhattisgarh have locked horns over the distribution of waters of the Mahanadi river. The 851-km-long river originates in the Dhamtari district of Chhattisgarh, flows through the state and then Odisha before joi...
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  • The interstate dispute between Odisha and Chhattisgarh over the Mahanadi's water is an ongoing one and it looks like both the state governments have no interest in finding a long-term solution. It all started with the Chhattisgarh government constructing six barrages on the upstream of the Mahanadi...
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  • Located at Shamakhunta block of Mayurbhanj district, around 28 kilometers from Baripada town in Odisha, Baldiha dam was constructed during the rule of Maharaja Shri Ramchandra Bhanjdeo in 1912. The dam was built by the then state engineer Jarnold Martin Loe on river Palpala.   The dam was...
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  • On January 13, 1957, the then Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru inaugurated the Hirakud dam, calling it the temple of modern India. It has submerged more than 360 villages (1,23,000 acres of land) and displaced 26,561 families. Out of these displaced families, around 11,000 families and thei...
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  • The Mahanadi is the lifeline of the people of both Chhattisgarh and Odisha, as it the most important water source for the farmers and other citizens of both these states to meet their domestic and livelihood needs. Over the last few months, some of the political parties in both the states have been ...
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  • Fear of floods looms over Kashmir again Heavy rainfall in Kashmir over the past few hours has led to the river Jhelum flowing above the danger mark, intermittent power cuts, landslides and water logging in different parts of the valley. Eight teams of the National Disaster Response Force have been ...
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  • The Hirakud Dam project is the oldest of its kind in India. The dam was built across the Mahanadi river about 15 kms upstream of Sambalpur in the state of Odisha. It is the first major multipurpose river valley project in post-independent India and also one of its longest. The dam's primary objecti...
    makarandpurohitposted 4 years 11 months agoread more
  • Scientists say Himachal prone to Uttarakhand-like flash floodsJNU scientists have found that 11 out of the 249 glacial lakes in Himachal Pradesh have a high potential for breach due to the increased vulnerability of the state to climate change. A threat of flash floods, similar to the Uttarakha...
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  • MoEF allows agriculture and plantation in Western GhatsWithdraws earlier order declaring  one-third of Western Ghats as eco-sensitive zone owing to the pressure from states like Kerala. Ban on mining, quarrying, thermal power plants etc. continues.Jayanthi Natarajan quits from MoEFPresiden...
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  • Power plant shut due to water shortage; industries fail to feel the pinch and continue to draw water
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  • This article by Kishore C Samal in the Economic and Political Weekly (EPW) discusses how in the natural disater prone state of Orissa the authorities have not been able to draw up an effective disaster management plan and politicians continue to play politics with relief works. It argues that for de...
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  • It is evident that the domestic resistance to the project was variously compromised by nationalist rhetoric, imperatives of state development and absence of transnational support. The Hirakud dam project has failed on all of its objectives – flood management, hydropower production, irrigation and ...
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  • Orissa was hit by two spates of flood in September 2011, the first one being caused by heavy rains in the Mahanadi catchment and release of huge discharges from Hirakud dam. The second one was caused by heavy rains and flooding of Brahmani, Baitarani and Budhabalanga rivers. These floods point ...
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  • Water Initiatives Odisha, brings out a special note on this issue in response to the latest spell of the flood disaster in northern Odisha Rivers.The latest spectre of floods over Brahmani and Baitarani has once again brought the Dam Operations and Management systems of the state into question. ...
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  • Water Initiatives Orissa's analysisWater Initiatives Orissa has a detailed analysis of the current situation in Orisssa. The analysis while staying away from allocating blame goes into detail to find out the real reasons for the flood situation.The report argues that the "rule curve" used to manage ...
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The latest addition to India’s interstate river water conflicts, the Mahanadi will soon go water deficit if Odisha and Chhattisgarh don’t control their hunger for coal-fired power.

A new study, Mahanadi: Coal Rich, Water-Stressed sheds light on how both Odisha and Chhattisgarh have locked horns over the distribution of waters of the Mahanadi river. The 851-km-long river originates in the Dhamtari district of Chhattisgarh, flows through the state and then Odisha before joining the Bay of Bengal at Odisha’s coast.

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A video provides an overview of the water conflict between Odisha and Chhattisgarh over the Mahanadi.

The interstate dispute between Odisha and Chhattisgarh over the Mahanadi's water is an ongoing one and it looks like both the state governments have no interest in finding a long-term solution.

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Baldiha dam that once quenched the thirst of farmlands and provided livelihood to Odisha farmers is now bereft of water, thanks to the apathy of the administration.

Located at Shamakhunta block of Mayurbhanj district, around 28 kilometers from Baripada town in Odisha, Baldiha dam was constructed during the rule of Maharaja Shri Ramchandra Bhanjdeo in 1912. The dam was built by the then state engineer Jarnold Martin Loe on river Palpala.  The dam water cannot reach villages far away.</body></html>

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Here's a video that tells the story of the struggle of the people displaced by the Hirakud dam and their right over the land.

On January 13, 1957, the then Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru inaugurated the Hirakud dam, calling it the temple of modern India. It has submerged more than 360 villages (1,23,000 acres of land) and displaced 26,561 families. Out of these displaced families, around 11,000 families and their successors have been residing in the periphery of the Hirakud reservoir in 34 unsurveyed villages.

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The issue at stake in the Mahanadi basin is not one of Chhattisgarh vs Odisha, but one of agriculture vs industry.

The Mahanadi is the lifeline of the people of both Chhattisgarh and Odisha, as it the most important water source for the farmers and other citizens of both these states to meet their domestic and livelihood needs. Over the last few months, some of the political parties in both the states have been trying to create a situation of dispute and conflict over sharing of the Mahanadi waters.

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Fear of floods looms over Kashmir again

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The Hirakud dam in Odisha was supposed to control flooding and bring people water and power. Instead, it has taken away their livelihoods and only brought them hardship and misery.

The Hirakud Dam project is the oldest of its kind in India. The dam was built across the Mahanadi river about 15 kms upstream of Sambalpur in the state of Odisha. It is the first major multipurpose river valley project in post-independent India and also one of its longest.

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Scientists say Himachal prone to Uttarakhand-like flash floods

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MoEF allows agriculture and plantation in Western Ghats

Withdraws earlier order declaring  one-third of Western Ghats as eco-sensitive zone owing to the pressure from states like Kerala. Ban on mining, quarrying, thermal power plants etc. continues.

Jayanthi Natarajan quits from MoEF

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