Staff Reporter

BERHAMPUR: A long march demanding linking of major rivers of Orissa was flagged off from Kasinagar in Gajapati district of south Orissa on Friday.

Different organisations of south Orissa have come together for the march from Kashinagar to Bhubaneswar demanding linking of Vansadhara, Rushikulya and Mahanadi rivers of Orissa. The demonstration has been named ‘Jal Sanjog Yatra'. The marchers are being led by former deputy speaker of the Orissa Assembly Ram Chandra Panda. Organisations like Rushikulya Bachao Manch (RBM), Mahendragiri Surakhya Manch, Berhampur Nagarika Manch, Ganjam Zilla Vikas Manch, Jagrat Bharat, Dakshin Orissa Sahitya Samity etc are taking part in the long march.

Some 200 persons, including a large number of women, took part in the march to Bhubaneswar. The journey started from the banks of the Vansadhara river at Kasinagar on Friday morning. They carried the water of the Vansadhara river in a vessel as symbolic effort to connect the waters of different rivers. The demonstrators reached Paralakhemundi in the afternoon. A public meeting was organised there to create awareness about the benefits of river linking project for an agrarian state like Orissa.

As a symbolic move, the water of the Vansadhara river will be mixed with the water of the Rushikulya river near Tara Tarini hill shrine in Ganjam district. The marchers later mix the water of the Daya river which comes out from the Mahanadi with it near Dhauli in Khurda district.