Bhubaneswar (SunstarTV Bureau): Including the Lower Indra mega irrigation project, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday has declared of projects worth Rs 2337.15 Crore in Nuapada district.
By conducting of a meeting under the chairmanship of Chief Minister, and said that Rs 1.80 lakh people of 200 villages under the Komna and Khariar blocks of Nuapada district and Bangomunda, Muribahal, and Titlagarh blocks of Balangir district will be benefited from the irrigation project.
Inaugurating the Rs 220 crore mega lift irrigation project, Patnaik said, the project will be completed by the end of 2021. This plan will help to irrigate around 18,000 hectares of agricultural land under Komna, Sinapali and Boden blocks of Nuapada district.
Besides, another 7,500 acres of land will be irrigated from Lower Indra through the underground pipeline, he added.
Describing it as an important irrigation project, the Chief Minister said it will not just meet the water need of the farmers but will bring a green revolution in the drought-prone Nuapada district.
Claiming that the irrigation potential of the district has been enhanced to 54% in the last 10 years, the Chief Minister said that 1.5 lakh acre of agricultural land has now received irrigation benefits promoting multi-crops and increasing yield of paddy, cotton, and maize. There is a significant increase in coverage under cotton and maize cultivation, he added.
The Chief Minister announced that a science park and a museum will be set up at the Lower Indra dam site at a cost of Rs 3 crore.