Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today inaugurated two major irrigation projects during his one-day visit to the Mayurbhanj district.
The Chief Minister inaugurated two major irrigation projects- the Subarnarekha irrigation project and the Deo irrigation project. He also laid the foundation for many developmental works in the district.
Addressing a public meeting on the occasion at Tikiripada of Rasagobindpur block, the Chief Minister said that the state government’s program for tribal brothers and sisters has started bearing fruit. The state government’s program to empower them through education and employment has gone a long way.
Subarnarekha irrigation project, built at an expenditure of Rs 685 crore, can irrigate 17,121 hectares of farmland in the Mayurbhanj and Balasore districts. The project will benefit 55,000 farmers of the district. While 70,000 ha in Mayurbhanj would be supplied with irrigation water, already 50,000 ha are irrigated.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Odisha CM had launched the release of water from the project to 15,000 ha in July 2021.
Similarly, about 10,000 hectares of land in Mayurbhanj will be irrigated through the Deo Irrigation Project, and 2 lakh people of 100 villages in Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar district will be benefitted by the project. For this, over 1280 square metre, has been constructed with SCDA technology for the first time in the state, at a cost of Rs 823 crore.
Highlighting on agriculture, education, health, and other development, the Chief Minister said that all our programs have empowered the people and won their respect of the people.
Further on the transformation of schools under 5T, the Chief Minister said that it has increased the confidence of the children.
“Mayurbhanj is well-known across the country for its art and culture. Droupadi Murmu, a daughter of Mayurbhanj, has made all Odias proud by becoming the President of India. I am extremely happy to launch two irrigation projects in Mayurbhanj today. The farmers of the district will be immensely benefitted by the two projects,” said the Chief Minister.
Former Minister and Bangiriposi MLA Sudam Marndi, Morada MLA Rajkishore Das, Minister Ashwini Kumar Patra also spoke on the occasion and highlighted the importance of these two projects. 5T Secretary VK Pandian, Mayurbhanj Zilla Parishad chairman Bharati Hansdah and senior officials of Irrigation department were present at the meeting. Collector Vineet Bharadwaj proposed the vote of thanks.