Odisha: Naveen Patnaik launches second phase of Mahanadi stir

By: Express News Service | Bhubaneswar |
Updated: May 18, 2018 6:45:23 am

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik (File)

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has launched the second phase of the BJD’s Mahanadi agitation to protest water scarcity in the state’s riparian districts this year, which the party blames on “illegal” barrages constructed in Chhattisgarh.

On Thursday, Patnaik also announced that his government will spend Rs 75,000 crore for development of water resources across the state in the next five years, official sources said. He said this after reviewing the drinking water, irrigation and expenditure from the district mineral foundation (DMF) in Sambalpur, Bargarh, Sundergarh and Jharsuguda districts.

The BJD, which will conduct a ‘Jansachetana Yatra’ in 15 districts, started its campaign on Wednesday at Sukhasoda…

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