Mahanadi Basin Newsletter
Volume 1, Issue 4
January-April, 2016
We are very happy to place this fourth issue of ‘Mahanadi Basin Newsletter’ – a recent initiative of the Forum – in the public domain for all the members of the Forum and others concerned about water conflict issues in general and Mahanadi basin issues in particular. The newsletter is a platform to share insights about Forum’s ongoing research in the Mahanadi basin with all its stakeholders and also to develop a strong network of people. We also hope that this newsletter shall help to bridge the communication between the Forum and its various stakeholders of the basin. 
Since the publication of first issue in November 2014, the thematic groups have been working on their respective themes, which includes secondary data analysis and field visits to the selected study sites. The objectives of the field visit are to validate the secondary data, to observe of there are any ongoing on potential of water conflicts and to continue the work through people’s participation. 
This issue consists of update on the thematic activities of a) Agriculture and Industries and b) E-flows, c) Groundwater and an article on the impact of the National Waterways Bill in the Mahanadi basin. The Bill was passed in the Parliament in May, 2105. We request the readers to please provide critical comments/ suggestions to strengthen the ongoing Forum’s work in the basin. We also encourage our viewers to contribute articles or any stories from the Mahanadi basin or any type of water conflicts observed in other parts of India. We shall publish these short articles in our forthcoming issues.
The content and form of the Newsletter are still evolving. It is a work in progress. So your comments and suggestions would be very valuable in its development. 
The Editorial Team