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Mahanadi Banchao Andolan kicks off rally from Kalma to Puri

Bhubaneswar: The Mahanadi Banchao Andolan, an outfit fighting for the water of Mahanadi for Odisha today launched an awareness rally after offering prayer at Lingaraj temple here.

The members of the outfit left for Chhattisgarh after having darshan of Lord Lingaraj. They will start padyatra from Kalma barrage of the neighbouring State from tomorrow. The rally will culminate at Puri on April 16, outfit convenor Sudarsan Das said.

The rally aimed at making aware the people residing on the bank of the river. The outfit will also launched signature campaign which will be submitted to the chief justice of India, Das added.

The Chhattisgarh government has closed down all 66 gates of Kalma barrage which led to a downfall in the water level in Hirakud dam. It will affect power generation and agricultural sector.

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