Bhubaneswar: NABARD has sanctioned RIDF assistance of Rs.254 Crore to Odisha government under Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) for setting up of two Mega Piped Drinking Water Supply Projects; one each in Jajpur district (covering Badachana and Dharmasala blocks) & Puri district ( covering Brahmagiri and Krushnaprasad block).
These projects are expected to provide clean and safe drinking water to 8.78 lakh rural population across 1.37 lakh households in 565 villages of the state on completion.
The Mega Piped Drinking Water Supply Projects are intended for providing 70 LPCD clean, safe hygienic portable drinking water at the consumer end through Functional Household Tape Connection (FHTC) with eight hours of supply in the project area. These projects will contribute to achieving the goal of provision of drinking water to the rural population by 2022.
During the current financial year, many critical rural infrastructure projects under Drinking Water, Irrigation, and Rural Connectivity (Road and Bridge) activity are being planned to be supported under RIDF-XXVII. The State Govt. accords top priority to Mega Piped Water Supply projects in the state followed by projects under irrigation and subsequently rural connectivity projects.
This infrastructure support under RIDF plays a major role in supporting the rural economy of the State and adds to the continuous efforts of Govt. of Odisha to boost the infrastructure requirements of Rural Odisha.