Bhubaneswar: BJD president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today slammed the BJP-led centre for hatching conspiracy to sell Chilika lake, Asia’s largest brackish water lagoon.
“Chilika is our mother and pride of Odisha. But the Centre has hatched plan to sell it, destroy it and also tried to put the livelihood of thousands of fishermen dependent on it in trouble. I will not let any damage to happen to Chilika till my last breath,” said Patnaik while addressing an election campaign in Banpur.
Coming down heavily on the centre’s coastal highway proposal, Patnaik said, “We want a new route for Coastal Highway but Centre wants to build the highway on the old one. Should we look at the welfare of people or the benefit of contractors,” Patnaik asked the gathering.
Earlier, BJD had opposed the Centre’s move to set up a water aerodrome in the Chilika lagoon. The Union government had given in-principle approval to the project.
Naveen has intensified campaigning for the third and fourth phase elections to be held on April 23 and 29.