Parliamentary Affairs Minister Raghunath Mohanty
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Raghunath Mohanty
Bhubaneswar: Parliamentary Affairs Minister Raghunath Mohanty on Friday announced that the State Government would soon formulate a master plan for the development of the 37 kilometer long Gangua nullah.

Replying to a attention notice in the issue, Mohanty said, the State Government is taking immediate steps to make both sides of the nullah encroachment free.

The ruling party MLAs Bhagirathi Badajena and Ashok Chandra Panda alleged that because of encroachment the nullah has sunken to 14 metres. As a result people are suffering during the rainy season. The drainage of water is largely affected resulting in artificial floods during the rainy season.

As many as 127 illegal mansions are built on the Government land, Badajena said. Panda alleged that 88 industries have come up on the side of the nullah at different places out of which 34 industries deposit toxic material in it.

Describing the said as a historic one, both the MLAs demanded that the State Government to initiate immediate action for making it encroachment free.