The endeavour aims at engaging with the community on sustainable water management, equity in water distribution, water conservation and women as principal stakeholders in water governance.
Sources said that over the years, lack of maintenance and siltation have reduced the dam's storage capacity by over 60 per cent as the reservoir has reportedly not been cleaned.
Requesting the people to remain careful, officials assured of no major disaster due to flood in the district.
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.
Odisha's water disputes with neighbouring states will be resolved soon: Union Minister Bishweswar Tudu
Union Minister of State Jal Shakti and Tribal Affairs Bishweswar Tudu said the disputes will be resolved if states concerned come to a common table for discussions.
However, the remaining 59 pc monitoring wells have reported a rise of water level compared to 2019.
Odisha's Water Resources department will identify vulnerable spots and tracts in the coast and will prepare an action plan.
The State government will revive the waterway projects as the Covid-19 pandemic has shown signs of decline.
The Engineer-In-Chief said that Balasore district has suffered maximum damage to infrastructure and many areas are still marooned due to heavy rainfall during and after the cyclonic storm.
The academy will be registered as a society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 and would work under the administrative control of WATCO.
For the last few years, depletion of groundwater level and salinity ingress has emerged as a big problem in the area.
Sarpanch of Goda panchayat Susama Swain informed that around 146 tube wells in the area remain unused due to increased salinity in the water.
It has been the priority of the government to ensure quality drinking water supply to the citizens especially during the summer season.
The bore wells were dug by the block authorities two years back as no other water body was present in the vicinity.