A hydrographic survey is being conducted at Hirakud Dam reservoir to ascertain the profile of Mahanadi river.
The Cuttack Municipal Corporation used to open the two sluice gates to discharge storm water during the rainy season.
The inspection was ordered to reassess the environmental compensation the lessee has to pay on account of the illegal extraction of sand.
Although they launched a search operation immediately after receiving the information, three of the boys could not be traced till the last reports came in.
The petitioners alleged that contractors illegally procured soil, morum and earth for use in the construction of the bed of the Haridaspur-Paradip railway line without acquiring relevant permissions.
The tragic incident took place in the afternoon. Sources said the trio had gone to Mahanadi ghat within Town police limits to take bath.
Even as foundation stone for a bridge on the river from Sirlo to Sahukhet was laid 2 years back, work is yet to start
The dead elephant first showed up at Jobra anicut before being recovered at Satabati near Jagatpur under the City Forest division.
The court had also directed to strengthen and widen the river embankment with sand and shoal besides developing the low-lying areas of the city.
Manijanga villager Dipitiranjan Sahoo alleged that there was irregular distribution of dry food after the rains.
Requesting the people to remain careful, officials assured of no major disaster due to flood in the district.
Mahanga BDO Nihar Ranjan Mallik refuted allegations and said while dry foods have been provided for two days, free cooked food is being served to the affected people.
Senior Congress leader Ganeswar Behera said as the mighty Mahanadi and its tributaries are in spate, a large number of riverside villagers are panic stricken.
The water levels of Mahanadi, Devi and Bramhani have started falling while those of Khushabhadra, Budhabalanda and Subarnarekha continued to rise.
So far, 3,839 houses have been damaged and crops in 1.3 lakh hectares submerged.