Odisha Government has started working on Sukapaika River revival plan
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The Odisha Government has started working on the Sukapaika River revival plan following a direction from the National Green Tribunal (NGT).
The Sukapaika river which stopped flowing 70 years ago is set to be rejuvenated as the Odisha government starts working on its revival plan.
About Sukapaika River
It is one of the several distributaries of the mighty Mahanadi river in Odisha.
The problem began in 1952, when the state government blocked the starting point of Sukapaika with an embankment to protect the surrounding villages from flooding.
Subsequently, in 1957, two major projects to control floods – Hirakud Dam in Sambalpur district and Naraj Barrage in Cuttack – were constructed upstream on the Mahanadi.
The river dried up due to the development of the Taldanda Canal System, a major canal in the state.
It rises from the Mahanadi at Ayatpur village in Cuttack district and flows for about 40 kilometers (km) before joining its parent river at Tarapur.
The Sukapaika River is an important system of the Mahanadi river for controlling flood waters and maintaining the flow along the river into the Bay of Bengal.
About Mahanadi River
It is the third largest of peninsular India after Godavari and Krishna, and the largest river of Odisha state.
The catchment area of the river extends to Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Jharkhand and Maharashtra.
It originates near Sihawa in Dhamtari district of Chhattisgarh.
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