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Peace rally in Odisha, Chhattisgarh to resolve Mahanadi dispute

Sambalpur, Aug 24: With an aim to facilitate a mutual solution to the prevailing dispute between Odisha and Chhattisgarh Governments involving Mahanadi and also to involve people of the river basin of the two States in the process, Mahanadi River Waterkeeper and Nadi Ghati Morcha would jointly organise peace rally in both the States.  

The rally would be held between September 13 and the first week of November.

The ‘Mahanadi Peace Initiative’ that was initiated by Mahanadi River Waterkeeper, Odisha and Nadi Ghati Morcha, Chhattisgarh had in its campaign coordination-cum-strategy meeting held at Sambalpur recently decided to hold two “Mahanadi Peace Jatha” a coordination meeting and a public convention in both the States, informed Ranjan Panda and Gautam Bandyopadhyay, joint convenors of the Mahanadi Peace Initiative.

“The Mahanadi Inter-State river water dispute needs amicable settlement and real priorities of the people of the basin need to take the centre state of the debate.  These Jathas will meet people in important locations of the river and garner their support for a peace process,” said the organisers.
They said the Odisha Jatha would be organsied in Belpahad, Jharsuguda, Sambalpur, Dhama, Sonepur, Boudh, Kantilo, Banki, Cuttack and Paradip.

A team of people both from Odisha and Chhattisgarh would participate in the process and public meetings will be organised in these places plus other places on way.  

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