Jagatsinghpur Sept 16 (LocalWire): The people of the coastal districts have formed Upakul Odisha Bikash Parishad for the uplift of the people and have decided to fulfill their genuine demands for the benefit of all coastal districts.
People from Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapada, Puri, Cuttack and Khrudha districts have united and formed this new forum on the lines of Paschim Odisha Bikash Parishad and the members held a meeting today.
The Parishad members feel people of the coastal districts have been neglected for the development of western and other parts of Odisha.
They have the resources yet are struggling to get drinking water facilities, development of agriculture, rise of pollution, unemployment, depletion of groundwater, education, health along with the rise in anti-social activities.
The Parishad members said there are different rivers like Mahanadi, Brahmani, Daya, Hansua, Devi, Chitrtopla, Paika and other small rivers flowing through the coastal districts.
Earlier, the river bed of these rivers were fertile with locals growing a variety of vegetables, horticultural crops like patto, banana and were earning huge sums of money by exporting the products to other countries.
Now, river beds have dried up and villages have sprouted in between dry patches of land. The flow of Mahanadi and other rivers have reduced.
Similarly, the groundwater level in coastal districts has receded by 0.5 inch every day.
Many districts have limited groundwater reserve and it would be exhausted in the next 10 to 15 years unless deep boring is stopped and a new water reservoir is identified with rainwater harvesting system introduced.
Due to release of effluents, rivers and canals are being polluted. Due to acute shortage of irrigation water, agriculture activities have been affected in many districts.
There are number of industries but local unemployed youths have been deprived to get employment.
Nrusingh Barik, a member of this Parishad said, ‘we have submitted a memorandum to the chief secretary and the Collectors of coastal districts and Paradip Port Trust authorities to fulfill our demands”