Bhubaneswar19/7/21: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today inaugurated the release of water from the Subarnarekha Irrigation Project’s canal system that will irrigate 15,359 hectares (ha) of farmland.
This will irrigate agricultural lands in 94 villages under Baripada, Betanoti, Morada, Suliapada, and Rasgovindpur blocks of Mayurbhanj district said an official press release.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that today is a day of joy for Mayurbhanj district and the whole of Odisha.
Patnaik informed that Subarnarekha irrigation project shall irrigate 1.09 lakh ha of land in Mayurbhanj and Balasore districts.
While expressing that Mayurbhanj holds special importance for him, Patnaik said that today Mayurbhanj is developing in every field, be it the development of healthcare, successful implementation of Mission Shakti programmes, and in the development of scheduled tribes.
The Chief Minister said Mayurbhanj is the first district among very few districts in the country where piped water supply has been provided to every family. A sum of Rs 768 crore is being spent on piped water supply project in the Mayurbhanj district.
Informing that irrigation is one of the priority areas of the State government, Patnaik said that in the coming Kharif season 10,000 ha of land will be provided with irrigation from Deo Irrigation Project.
In the coming 2-3 years, around 15 irrigation projects will be completed, he added.
Terming irrigation as a valuable asset, the Chief Minister advised for its proper utilisation.
He said the government is always with the farmers and is working for their development.
Participating in the programme Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water Minister Pratap Jena stated that the Chief Minister has taken several steps for the development of Mayurbhanj.
Jena said that by 2024 January 70,000 ha of land in Mayurbhanj district will have irrigation facilities.
Water Resources Minister Raghunandan Das threw light on the steps taken by the department for irrigation.
Secretary to Chief Minister (5T) VK Pandian moderated the programme.
Mayurbhanj Collector read out the welcome address and Chief Engineer of Subarnarekha Irrigation Project gave the vote of thanks.
Chief Secretary Suresh Mahapatra, Development Commissioner PK Jena, and Water Resources Principal Secretary Anu Garg were present.