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Locals conduct 'foot-march' to save Indravati river, lifeline of Bastar

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In view of the depleting water level of river Indravati, the locals are now gearing up to save what they call is the of region of the state.

The residents of are holding a foot-march to press for their demand to save the river, for which they are demanding the release of water from in Odisha, as per the water agreement between the two states.

Their foot-march entered seventh-day on Wednesday. The residents walked along the stretch of the river holding placards and raising slogans -- "Save Indravati." For long, the protesters have been generating awareness among locals about the need to save the river from further degradation.

The foot-march has been launched from Bhejapadar village situated along Chhattisgarh-Odisha border from where the river enters into

"The level of water in the river is going down every year. This is due to the indifferent attitude of is not getting the volume of water required to save Indravati, which is almost dry at several stretches," said a protester.

"The depleting water level in the river has created a major water crisis for the villagers. It is getting worse day by day. The forest, villages and in fact the whole ecosystem along are in trouble," said a

"The administration must act now or never. The flows till 250 km in and is the of almost 200 villages, which are dependent on its water. The people are supporting Indravati Bachao Abhiyan, with full vigour. It is going to be a big movement," said another protester.

It is worth mentioning that Indravati is a stream of the Its starting point is found to be the 'ghats' of Dandakaranya range from a hilltop village Mardiguda of Thuamula Rampur block in Kalahandi district of Odisha.

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First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 12:04 IST