Mahanadi water row: Tribunal to visit Odisha for the second phase on May 10
Bhubaneswar: After completing an ongoing tour of Chhattisgarh, Mahanadi Water Disputes Tribunal (MWDT) will reach Bhubaneswar on May 10 for the second phase of its visit to Odisha, a source said today. However, the Tribunal’s visit to the neighbouring state will come to an end yesterday.
On its arrival, the MWDT team will be welcomed at BPIA Airport here and Odisha will hand over a brief memorandum with regard to the State’s demands over the sharing of Mahanadi water.
As per an official schedule, the team will initially visit Mundali anicut and Puri main canal. MWDT is to take stock of the situation at the Mahanadi delta region, barrage on the river and marine museum. Later, the team will visit Sapua river and the point where it meets Mahanadi, including Naraj, Mahanadi and Birupa barrages on the first day of the second phase.
On the second day, MWDT will review the availability of Mahandi water in Satakosia gorge, Tikarpada dam and the Central Water Commission (CWC)’s hydrological observation station.
The next day, MWDT is to visit Chilika lake and sea mouth. On the last day of the tour, it will visit the Mahanadi delta river system (Daya, Bhargavi and Kushabhadra) and return to New Delhi later in the day.
It is known that, the MWDT team will come again to Odisha and tour Jharsuguda district on May 18. On arrival, the team will be welcomed by a high-level team of officials of Odisha government.
The next day, MWDT will review the availability of water in Hirakud dam reservoir including the spillway, powerhouse, proposed additional spillway and proposed Brahmani-Tikira link. It will also visit Debrigarh wildlife sanctuary on the same day.
On the third day, the team is to visit Hirakud Command Area and Chipilima powerhouse. Among other sites and water bodies, the Tribunal will review Bargarh main canal project, Atabira branch canal and the main canal command area.
On the last day, the team will inspect nearby areas of Hirakud dam reservoir.