BHUBANESWAR: The state cabinet headed by chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday approved award of tenders for four mega lift irrigation (LI) projects that would create additional irrigation potential for nearly 62,000 hectares.
The 54 mega LI points to be developed in four clusters will help farmers in 23 blocks of five districts namely– Sundargarh, Jharsuguda, Ganjam, Kalahandi and Nuapada.
“The cabinet approved award of works to L&T to execute 28 LI points in Jharsuguda and Sundargarh districts. Similarly, Megha Engineering and Infrastructure Limited would execute 14 points in Ganjam and GVPR Engineering Ltd will execute 12 points in Nuapada and Kalahandi districts,” said chief secretary A P Padhi told news persons after the cabinet meeting.
According to sources, the LI points would be developed on rivers like Ibb, Sapei and Basundhara in Jharsuguda district, Rushikulya, Padma, Badanadi and Bahuda rivers in Ganjam district, Deo, Koel and Sankha rivers in Sundargarh and Udanti, Tel, Indra, Sunder and Jonk rivers in Nuapada and Kalahandi districts.
On funding of the projects, water resources secretary P K Jena said nearly Rs 1800 crore would be spent for development of the LI points and the entire amount would be borne by the state government and National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development.
Construction of all the 54 LI points would be completed in 30 months from the date of award of tender, he said.
The state government launched the mega LI scheme in 2011-12 with a view to create irrigation potential of 2.5 lakh hectares in 15 clusters. So far, 102 LI schemes in 8 clusters are under execution in 17 districts.
The last three clusters of the mega LI programme will be executed soon with an investment of Rs 1319 crore. The last three clusters with total 30 LI points would irrigate nearly 44,400 hectares in six districts —Sambalpur, Sonepur, Angul, Boudh, Mayurbhanj and Keonjhar.
“One cluster has been tendered and 2 clusters will shortly be put to tender,” Jena said.
According to sources, the state government has decided to create an additional irrigation potential of 10 lakh hectares by 2018-19. Of the total target, 2 lakh hectares will be created through major and medium irrigation projects, about 75,000 hectares through minor irrigation projects, 4.8 lakh hectares though LI projects and remaining 2.45 lakh hectares through mega lift irrigation schemes.