Adjudicating a petition filed by Supreme Court lawyer and rights activist Radhakanta Tripathy, the NHRC has directed the Chief Secretary to reply by December 7.
Organised for the first time in the State, the event at Konark was highly successful with record occupancy and it evolved as a distinct tourism brand.
According to an offical, because of the high tides in the sea which push the rivers back, it can be said that flood waters will be released after the full moon day from September 2 onwards.
Over 14.5 lakh people in 3256 villages of 20 districts of the state have been affected by the swelling waters which inundated a large area in the coastal districts
Several villages in Athagarh and Banki sub-divisions of Cuttack district have been hit due to release of water from Hirakud Dam.
Areas including Binakhandi, Talbhatapara, Chandan Nagar and others have been waterlogged due to the heavy discharge of water from the dam.
The flood in the Mahanadi river system is likely to affect coastal districts including Puri, Khurda, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Nayagarh and parts of Kendrapara.
The farmers, united under the banner of Jaydurga Anchalik Krushak Sangathan handed over a memorandum over the issue to team led by chief district agriculture officer Santosh Ray.
As many as 40 gates of Hirakud dam have been opened to release water from the reservoir which had risen to following heavy rains in the upper catchment areas.
Flood in Mahanadi will affect Puri, Khurda, Cuttack, Nayagarh, and Jagatsingpur districts, Special Relief Commissioner PK Jena said.
The water level has reached an alarming level in Hirakud Dam Reservoir (HDR) following incessant rainfall in the upper catchments of Mahanadi river.
Agarwal, while speaking to mediapersons on Saturday, said he had been to Sason to supervise construction of a boundary wall around a land mine at around 1.30 am on Friday.
Three more sluice gates of Hirakud dam were opened on Saturday. At present, flood water is being released through 15 sluice gates of the dam.
The season’s first floodwater from Hirakud Dam was released into Mahanadi river through 10 sluice gates on Thursday.
Similarly, the inflow of water into the reservoir was 63,951 cusec and the outflow 15,263 cusec.