Bhubaneswar, May 12
The Odisha Government today said it enhanced budgetary provision for Water Resources Department as it accorded top priority to development of irrigation facilities for the farmers and bettering the utilization of water resources.
The budgetary allocation for Department of Water Resources has been enhanced to Rs 10,196 crore for 2018-19 fiscal from the Rs 4024 crore in 2013-14, Water Resources Department Minister Niranjan Pujari said at a press conference after the review of his department’s performance by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at the end of the fourth year of his government’s fourth term.
Purjari said, during 2014 the State Government had targeted to create additional irrigation potential of 10 lakh hectares over a period of five years.
Out of this, irrigation potential for more than seven lakh hectare has been created during the last four years and steps have been initiated to achieve the target during the current financial year, he asserted.
He said the Upper Indravati Extension and Titlagarh medium irrigation projects have been completed and irrigation facilities have been provided to 25484 hectares cultivable land in Kalahandi district and 2000 hectares in Bolangir district.
Besides, Gondia branch canal of Rengali Irrigation Project has been made operational to provide irrigation to 11000 hectares of cultivated land in Dhenkanal district, Pujari added.
Further, during this Kharif season, it is programmed to commission Rukura, Telengiri, Ret & Lower Indra irrigation projects to provide irrigation to 54100 hectares in KBK & Western Odisha districts, the Minister said adding, during 2015 the Left Bank Canal work from RD 71.31 km to RD 123.50 km of Rengali Irrigation Project had been started with an outlay of Rs. 2255 crore to provide irrigation to 39416 hectares in the Dhenkanal, Jajpur and Keonjhar districts.
Besides, during last year, Gangadhar Meher Lift Canal system with an estimated cost of Rs.1246 crore has been also taken up to provide irrigation to 25600 hectares of Bargarh district, he said.
Under the Parvati Giri Mega Lift Irrigation scheme, work of 171 mega lift schemes including Upper Indravati Lift Canal System have been taken up out of which work on 143 mega lift schemes with an estimated cost of Rs 5815 crore have been started during the last four years, the Minister added.
In the meantime, 44 projects have been completed, he said adding, it is programmed to commission these projects in the coming Kharif season to provide irrigation to 53670 hectares in KBK & Western Odisha districts.
Besides, it has been decided to take up 28 new projects and to complete 80 ongoing projects out of 127 with CCA of 1.00 lakh hectares during current financial year, he added.
Under deep bore well construction programme, as many as 48573 bore wells were completed by March 2018 in KBK and Western Odisha districts and 14351 bore wells in other districts, he added.
A total 62924 bore wells have been energised and handed over to beneficiaries since inception of the scheme, he said and added, out of these as many as 49043 deep bore wells have been handed over to beneficiaries during last four years.
The department plans to install 20000 deep bore wells during 2018-19, he added.
As per the promise made in 2014 Election Manifesto for revival of defunct lift irrigation projects Rs 521.85 crore was allocated for revival of 3773 defunct projects, he said.
That apart, renovation of 1674 defunct LIPs has also been targeted under RIDF and Biju KBK Schemes, he said adding, altogether, the State Government is planning to revive 5447 defunct LIPs by end of March next year.
“Out of the above target, 1570 defunct LIPs of KBK & Western Odisha districts and 3244 LIPs of other districts totalling to 4814 LIPs have been made functional during last four years resulting in revival of irrigation potential for 99127 hectares,” he said.
The Odisha Lift Irrigation Corporation (OLIC) has installed 2657 new Community LIPs in KBK & Western Odisha districts and 1800 LIPs in other districts totalling to 4457 LIPs and handed over to Pani Panchayats for operation and maintenance.
Under Mukhyamantri Adibandha Tiari Yojana as many as 6763 check dams in KBK & Western Odisha district and 6424 check dams in other districts totalling 13189 have been constructed since inception of the scheme by March last year, he added.
For flood protection, 242 projects amounting to Rs 1660 crore has been sanctioned by NABARD during last four year under RIDF scheme, he said.
Similarly, the Department has initiated steps to protect four lakh hectares of agricultural land from flood, undertaken drainage improvement programme and command area development and canal fining & system rehabilitation programme during the last four years.
In the last four years, Water Resources Department has made an expenditure of Rs 26889 crore under both plan and non-plan sector towards construction of irrigation projects, maintenance, flood control drainage and CAD activities, he added.