Cuttack: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the Mahandi Bachao signature campaign here today to protest the Mahanadi upstream construction of Chhattisgarh government. The Mahanadi water dispute has kept the Odisha state government on its toes throughout the year. Apart from the signature campaign, the BJD government will also conduct a human chain as a mark of protest.
“I have discussed the issue time and again with the Chhattisgarh government as well as the Centre but in vain. Mahanadi is the lifeline of Odisha and Odias. In a few days Cuttack will observe the ancient Balijatra remembering the trade heritage of Odisha that was dependent on Mahanadi. Hence we will continue our protest for mahandi as well as Polavaram,” said CM Patnaik.
The BJD signature campaign started off with signatures of Naveen Patnaik and his ministers Debi Prasad Mishra, Arun Sahoo, Pranab Prakash Das, Damodar Rout and so on. The ruling party will collect over 86 lakh signatures during the campaign and form the 400 km human chain from Paradip to Hirakud, said party officials.