JAIPUR: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday reiterated that no one can deprive Odisha people of the Mahanadi water under any circumstances.
The State Government will continue to fight for Mahanadi water in the interest of the people, said the Chief Minister while speaking at the concluding ceremony of month-long Jan Sampark Padyatra at Melan Padia near Jaraka Bazaar under Dharmasala constituency in Jajpur district.
“Mahanadi is the lifeline of Odisha and serves 65 per cent of the State’s population like a mother. It is associated with the livelihood of the people of Odisha, particularly coastal districts. To ensure the rights of the people of our State to use Mahanadi water, I will continue my fight relentlessly,” he added.
“It supplies drinking water, provides irrigation, generates power, among several other livelihood options. My Government will continue to fight for the interest of the people of the Odisha in that direction”, said Naveen.
The Chief Minister said, “My Government is running with the blessing and support of 4.5 crore people of Odisha who are my strength and it will continue to serve them in the future.” People from all walks of life have extended their support to me for the State’s development, he said.
On the occasion, the Chief Minister laid foundation stones for 99 projects and inaugurated 115 welfare schemes in the district. Energy Minister Pranab Prakash Das, MLAs - Amar Prasad Satpathy, Debasish Nayak, Pritiranjan Ghadei, Pramila Malik and Akashdas Nayak and Jajpur MP Rita Tarei were present. Dharmasala MLA Pranab Balabantray presided over the meeting.
The Padyatra was launched by the BJD on Gandhi Jayanti to sensitise the people about various welfare initiatives in the State.