Odisha: Cabinet approves irrigation projects of Rs. 2,500 crore

The states irrigation system was strengthened by several initiatives, estimated at Rs 2,500 crore . The initiatives are expected to irrigate an additional 70,000 hectares in the districts .

BHUBANESWAR (BHUBANESWAR): The state's irrigation system was strengthened by several initiatives, estimated at Rs 2,500 crore, on Thursday, which are expected to irrigate an additional 70,000 hectares in the districts.For the left command of the Lower Suktel irrigation scheme with distribution network, the cabinet approved Rs 634 crore pressurized underground pipeline (UHPL) irrigation network scheme, which would increase irrigation potential in 13,000 hectares in Balangir district.In 30 months, the project is expected to be completed.According to Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mahapatra, the UGPL scheme has been developed in place of a traditional open canal flow for improved irrigation performance, minimum water loss, equitable water distribution by effective rotation, and minimal land acquisition with better control and management.

Eight LI schemes have been approved, including intake points on the rivers Tel, Mahanadi, Ong, and Suktel, as well as the lndravati reservoir, which will benefit farmers in Kalahandi, Balangir, Bargarh, and Gajapati district, according to official sources.Although nine LI schemes with intake points on Kharsua, Kani, and Baitarani rivers will be implemented in Jajpur and Kendrapada districts, the cabinet has approved 14 such schemes in Keonjhar district, which include intake points on Anandapur left main canal, Bidyadharpur barrage, Hadagarh reservoir, and Baitarani river.For an additional Rs 200 crore, the cabinet also approved the construction of an in-stream storage building across river Kochila in Bhadrak district and across river Baitarani in Jajpur district.The storage scheme will reduce the flood risk in the Kochila river and rejuvenate the Baitarani river.