Banapur, April 19 (LocalWire): Naveen Patnaik addressed Chilika Lake as ‘mother’ and promised not to allow anyone to destroy the state’s asset during a public meeting here today.
He was referring to the Centre’s water aerodrome proposal at Chilika lake.
‘Chilika is our mother. It has provided livelihood to thousands of fishermen. I will never let anyone destroy it as long as I am alive,’ the BJD supremo said.
He cornered the BJP-led Centre for its devious conspiracy of selling Chilika, Asia’s largest brackish water lagoon.
‘The BJP government at the Centre had conspired to sell Chilika.
It had tried to put thousands of fishermen, who are dependent on the lake for their livelihood, in trouble,’ he added.
He lambasted the BJP on its policy on highway construction saying, ‘We want new roads but the BJP wants to widen the old highways by destroying lakhs of consolidated land.’