The Orissa High Court on Monday directed the State Counsel to inform it of the steps taken by the Government for revival of Alaka river in Jagatsinghpur district.
The division bench comprising Acting Chief Justice PK Mohanty and Justice Raghuvir Dash instructed for submission of the response within a week.
The directions came in response to a PIL filed by Society for Upliftment of Nation (SUN), a voluntary organisation of Jagatsinghpur district, through its secretary Ratnakar Nayak seeking direction to the State Government to take steps for revival of dead Alaka river from Nalio to Majhikora village under Balikuda block in Jagatsinghpur as per the letter of the Union Minister of Water Resources.
The petitioner has stated that the river at above point requires desiltation and preservation of water which will help the farmers in the area for agriculture.
It was further stated that the matter was placed before the Union Ministry of Water resources, which had asked the State Government to prepare a project report and submit it to the Central Government for further action.