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Odisha plans 7 barrages in Mahanadi downstream

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

government today said it has plans to construct at least seven barrages in the downstream of the river, an apple of discord between the state and neighbouring

Besides, 22 other projects would also be constructed on the tributaries and distributaries of the Mahanadi, Water Resources Secretary P K told a press conference.

"The has been working on a roadmap and a master plan to put a check on water of the that is getting drained into the sea by constructing barrages and anicuts downstream," said.

He said the proposed projects were aimed at meeting the drinking water, irrigation and other requirements of the people.

An estimated 52 per cent of water is flowing down to the Bay of Bengal, official sources said.

Jena's statement is significant in the wake of government's opposition to government constructing projects on the upstream of the The dispute between the two states is now pending before a tribunal.

The did not divulge much about the proposed master plan of the government.

The sources said the seven major projects would include barrages and anicuts at Boudh, Sambalpur, Subarnapur and Munduli areas.

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First Published: Sat, May 12 2018. 20:30 IST