The Mahanadi Bachao Andolan (MBA), an outfit of political leaders drawn from non-BJD political parties to save Mahanadi water from being diverted for industrial purpose, staged a protest meeting here on Wednesday opposing the laying of pipeline to draw water from the Jobra barrage for the IOC project at Paradeep. The protest meeting was held at Bhogamba mutt of Bhadimul, near Central Rice Research Institute (CRRI) on the eastern limits of the city in which thousands of local residents participated in it vowing not to allow the IOC pipeline to pass adjacent to the river embankment.

The locals alleged that the river embankment, which had not been strengthened for past several years, was being further weakened by digging it to lay the pipelines.