The Mahanadi is a major river in East Central India. It drains an area of around 141,600 square kilometers (54,700 sq mi) and has a total course of 858 kilometers (533 mi). The river flows through the states of Chhattisgarh and Odisha.

Brief Description.

  • The river parliament on Mahanadi was organized, in which participatory from Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra.
  • Sudarsan Das of Mahanadi Bachao Andolan, from Orissa, made a presentation about the present threat on River Mahanadi due to many illegal constructions of Dams barrages, diversion,
  • Project on Mahanadi and its tributaries in the upper catchment of the river by Chhattisgarhi Govt. with the sole purpose of providing water to companies’ corporate houses thereby seriously affecting.
  • The effort of the river and the interest of the people of Orissa and all the biodiversity depend on the river Eco- system.
  • The vision of the Campaign.
    • To make the river Mahanadi free from any obstruction of its flow and protect its ecology and flow
    • To protect the interest people in the downstream especially the purpose of Orissa to get their rights over river Mahanadi
    • To manage harmony between people of the two states and prevent any kind of fight between two states Orissa & Chhattisgarh.
  • Key Issues:
    • Construction of many barrages / Dams / Diversion projects in the upper catchment of River Mahanadi their by seriously affecting the Eco – flow of the river.
    • Since eco- the flow of the rivers has been affected severely, the people I the downstream, especially of Orissa are going to face a serious water crisis.
    • The construction of river valley project on Mahanadi in no to provide water to the farmers but to quench the thrust of the industries.
    • Chhattisgarh Government has taken 900 crores from the industries to the coherent project which is like saving the river to corporate houses.
  • Action Plan with Time line
    • National level technical consultation involving statements of river & water across the country at Bhuvneshwar on Mahanadi – Yesterday, today, & tomorrow.
    • Sankalp Yatra along the basin of Mahanadi – Yatra will start from 12th of Sept.  Mahanadi yatra from its origin to the fall into the sea- Yatra will start September end of the week.
    • Mahanadi Satyagraha at Raipur – October 17th
    • Mahanadi Marathan a river run from ——— to Hirawand – November 17th         Building up of a civil society care to protect Mahanadi and water in the form of mega meeting like Jal Sevak, Jal Doot, Jal Prem, Jal Yudhya & Jal Nagar – Starting from September onwards target to create 1 each cadre by Dec. 2018.
    • Campaign on the movement of army school & colleges in the events of competition and activities etc.
    • Continuous dialogue among the Govt. Civil society & campaign among the people of the basin.
    • The continuous dialogue in the Govt. of Orissa & Chhattisgarh involving a senior person of water movement like Dr. Rajendra Singh & Others.