This article examines the movement against the construction of the Hirakud dam in Orissa. It is evident that the domestic resistance to the project was variously compromised by nationalist rhetoric, imperatives of state development and absence of transnational support.

BHUBANESWAR: Parliamentary Affairs Minister Raghunath Mohanty today said that only 2 per cent of water from the Hirakud reservoir is being provided for industrial use.

BHUBANESWAR: The State Government

SAMBALPUR: Even as a second bridge over the river Mahanadi here is on the cards, the existing one has virtually become a death trap.

Constructed at Durgapali in 1951 at the immediate downstream of the Hirakud dam project, the 840-metre-long bridge has been the backbone of NH-6.

SAMBALPUR: Fish population in Hirakud Dam Reservoir (HDR) is gradually declining with many species becoming extinct. It has affected livelihood of more than 5000 fisherman dependent on the reservoir.

BHUBANESWAR: Though the State Government has assured the Western Orissa farmers that irrigation in the Hirakud command area will not be hit due to industrialisation, in reality the situation has led to further shrinkage.

Company increases effluent outlets instead of plugging them THE Orissa state pollution control board has issued notice to the Jharsuguda unit of Vedanta Aluminium Limited (val), a subsidiary of the mining giant Vedanta Resources Plc, after inspections revealed the company

SAMBALPUR: With the water inflow to Hirakud Dam Reservoir (HDR) rising, 33 sluice gates have been opened in phases from last night. The water level in the dam stands at 621.73 feet today.

BHUBANESWAR: The Orissa Government today sought to allay fears of a flood in the downstream of Mahanadi river system since opening of 33 sluice gates of Hirakud reservoir has led to apprehensions of inundation in coastal parts of the State.

SAMBALPUR: Downpour since last night has thrown normal life out of gear in Sambalpur district. While Sambalpur district received an average rainfall of 150 mm, Jujumura block recorded the highest rainfall of 300 mm. In Sambalpur town, Housing Board Colony, Cheruapada, Danipali, SRIT Colony at Budharaja, Bahalpada in Sakhipada, Pt. Laxmi Narayan Lane and Manikmunda have been inundated.