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Biju Janata Dal protest against the stopping of water flow in the Mahanadi

Bhubaneswar:12/6/17: The Biju Janata Dal (BJD)  observed a four-hour Hartal from 6 am to 10 am in Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Bargarh and Subarnapur districts in protest against the stopping of water flow in the Mahanadi in upstream areas by the Chhattisgarh Government.

The shops were closed and vehicular movement was brought to halt during the strike.

The party demanded immediate opening of the Kalma barrage gates as water flow has been reduced in the Mahanadi downstream in Odisha.

In a related development, the Negotiation Committee constituted by the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation to resolve the Mahanadi water dispute between Odisha and Chhattisgarh has been dissolved.

The committee, which said that it could not arrive at any amicable settlement on the issue as both the States are not providing facts on the Mahanadi, passed the ball to the court of the Ministry of Water Resources suggesting that the latter take steps to resolve the issue.

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