Irrigation On High Growth

With Pradeep Kumar Jena as the Principal Secretary of the Department of Water Resources (DoWR), Odisha is achieving high growth in Irrigation Sector.

This came to fore in the State Agriculture Cabinet meeting held here today, that while the State Government is committed to create additional irrigation potential of 10 Lakh Hectare by 2018-19, the DoWR has been able to create additional irrigation potential of 4.63 Lakh Hectare by end of 2016-17.
Mr.Jena presented the facts in a convincing manner in the Agri-Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who is handling the Water Resources Portfolio, was happy to learn the achievements, said sources.
In order to ensure achievement of 10 Lakh Hectare of irrigation by 2019, a higher target of 7.26 Lakh Hectare has been set for achievement during 2017-18 and 2018-19.
DoWR, which was spending Rs.4024.53 Crore in 2013-14 Budgetary Allocation for Water Resources Sector has gone up substantially to a whopping Rs.9224.88 Crore in 2017-18.
As the allocation has gone up, similar is the utilization, which is resulting in creation of additional irrigation potential in the state. While two Major Projects of Upper Indravati Extension and Titilagarh have been completed, four Projects, namely Lower Indra, Ret, Telengiri and rukura will be completed in 2017-18, which will provide irrigation to 34,000 Hectare.
Eight other Major and Medium Projects will be completed in 2018-19.
Similarly, 55 Minor Irrigation Projects (MIP)s have been completed out of 213 ongoing MIPs by end of 2016-17 and rest 158 MIPs will be completed by 2018-19.
Mega Lift is a major initiative of DoWR and under this program 16 Mega Lift Cluster and Upper Indravati Lift Project are being executed with an estimated Rs.7665.47 Crore to provide irrigation to 2.41 Lakh Hectare.
These are being implemented in EPC Mode with a Completion Period of 30 Months.
Works have been awarded in respect of 13 Clusters having 170 Projects with work value of Rs.6526.66 Crore.
By 2016-17, Nine Projects such as Laitara, Utkela, and amath in Kalahandi, Gudvela, Belgaon, Kapsila, Kusmal, Agalpur, and Bhasuga in Bolangir have been completed providing irrigation facilities to 7250 Hectares.
Revival of Defunct Lift irrigation Points (LIP)sare being taken up and by end of 2016-17, at least 1771 LIPs have been revived with a spending of Rs.221.97 Crore.
During 2017-18, it is programmed to revive 799 LIPs for stabilization of 19,800 Hectare and rest 803 during 2018-19 for stabilization of 1885 Hectare.
Construction of Check dams in village streams named as Mukkhymantri Adibandha Tiari Yojana (MATY) is taken up in a big way to conserve water at the end of monsoon for drinking water purpose, ground water recharge and incidental irrigation.
By end of 2016-17, 9558 Check Dams have been completed with a cost of Rs.1973.25 Crore, which will provide protective irrigation to 84,383 Hectare.
It has been targeted to complete 4000 Check Dams during 2017-18 and 2018-19, said officials.

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