Chhattisgarh releases flood water, puts Odisha in vulnerable condition


Bhubaneswar: The strained relationship between Odisha and Chhattisgarh over Kalma barrage seems to deteriorate further with the neighboring State opening 46 gates in a bid to prevent flooding in the upstream of reservoir.

While both the States were locked face off recently over non-release of water from the barrage by Chhattisgarh Government, the latest decision to empty the reservoir following widespread rains in the upstream of Hirakud Dam Reservoir (HDR) has left Odisha inflame.

The Water Resources department reacted strongly to the development and said the State has not been kept in the loop on the matter. Water Resources Secretary P K Jena said Chhattisgarh Government has not shared information with Odisha on release of water despite an agreement on it at a meeting of officials of both the States in May.

Sources say neighboring Government’s unilateral action not only makes Hirakud dam vulnerable, but also threatens flooding of areas downstream at a later stage.

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