Rourkela, Nov 23 (LocalWire): Rourkela MLA Dilip Ray has expressed his concern over construction of around 18 dams over Brahmani river by the neighbouring Jharkhand government.
While Odisha and Chhattishgarh governments have locked horns over constructions of barrages and check dams over Mahanadi, Ray has drawn attention of the state and central governments to take up immediate measures for revival of Brahmani.
In a press release, Ray informed answering to his question in state assembly Odisha water resources minister Niranjan Pujari had confirmed that as many as fifteen dams have been constructed over Brahmani river whereas construction of another three dams are under process.
“Out of these eighteen dams, seventeen are meant for irrigation and one project is for hydro power project. These dams have been build by Jharkhand government over Brahmani and two of its distributaries Sankh and Koel,” said the MLA.
“Construction of large number of dams over river Brahmani by the Jharkhand government has lead to reduction of water flow to Odisha,” Ray claimed in his release.
“The reduction of water flow is certainly going to have adverse impact on Odisha, mainly in Rourkela and its periphery areas, since river Brahmani is the lifeline of this area,” Ray added.
He also claimed due to construction of these dams, the river water has got polluted.
“Since Brahmani is the second largest river in the state, we majorly depend on it for agriculture, industry and daily use. Special efforts should be taken up immediately by both centre and state governments for ensuring revival of the this river,” Ray demanded.