Baripada: Chief Secretary Suresh Chandra Mohapatra Saturday said that ecotourism will be developed in Deo Dam, Khadkhai & Similipal areas of Mayurbhanj.
The Chief Secretary said this during his visit to Mayurbhanj district to review various projects.
Mahapatra visited Karanjia and reviewed the progress of Deo Dam work there. The dam work has been completed and by next March the canal work will be completed and irrigation will be arranged in the Kharif season.
In addition, 10 cottages will be built on this dam for eco-tourism.
Besides, boating arrangements will also be made for the tourists.
“The displaced family members can get employment and the tourism industry can be developed. Apart from this, Khadkhai Dam in Rairangpur, Nanaana in Samilipal area will also be constructed and eco-tourism facilities provided,” he said.
Earlier, Shri Mahapatra visited Karanjia and reviewed various projects in the district. He directed expediting various projects pending in the district for a long time.
Over 27,000 hectare more lands can be irrigated in the Subarnarekha area through 11 mega lift irrigation projects in the district.
On his way to Mayurbhanj, the Chief Secretary directed the department officials to visit the Anandapur barrage area in Keonjhar district and expedite the construction work to facilitate release of water during the next Kharif season — by June this year.
During the visit, the officials present informed that the land acquisition issue related to the main canal connection has been resolved.
Nearly 75 km of the 110 canal has been completed and the cement concreting work of the remaining portion is being done.
Notably, work on 12 mega lift irrigation projects are underway in Anandpur region at a cost of Rs 600 crore.
These projects will be completed within the next two years, he informed.
With this, about 50,000 hectares of land can be irrigated.
The Chief Secretary said that through various projects in Keonjhar district, about 90,000 hectares of land can be irrigated in the next two years.
During the Chief Secretary’s visit to Anandpur, Keonjhar District Collector Ashish Thackeray, Anandpur Sub-collector Anil Kumar Sethi, Anandpur Barrage Chief Engineer Abinash Raul, Irrigation Superintendent Sunil Raut were present.
During the visit to Mayurbhanj, District Collector Vineet Bharadwaj, SP Risikesh Dyan Deo Khilari, Sub-Collector Premanshu Chand were present.